The aim of my thesis is the re-examination of late seventeenth-century lesbian history and the development of a new theory/methodology of the ‘Lesbian Gaze’, which will seek to eroticize women’s writing of the period. Using a queer perspective, and utilising a historical understand of gender, the body, sexual anatomy, sexuality and women’s relationships, my research will investigate how restoration libertinism inflected women and how female-female love, desire and eroticism were represented.
This study will use a phenomenological approach to understand if HIV narratives published on the Terrance Higgins Trust website can be used to understand what it is like to live with HIV. The concept of ‘lifeworld’ will be used together with close linguistic analysis to gain an in-depth understanding of people’s experiences of living with HIV. A person’s lifeworld is their subjective construction of reality, which he or she forms under the condition of his or her life circumstances.
Contemporary right-wing organisations appropriate history in exclusive ways: They build upon narratives related to national histories and forge visions of the past that highlight the unique role of their group as the vanguard of society. My PhD project will study these processes of reframing narratives about the past in contemporary society using a comparative approach and narrative examples from Austria and Northern Ireland.