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.
My study hopes to determine the value of the approach as a catalyst in drawing out these intangible, yet integrated components of the history curriculum. It will also explore the use of drama in delivering ‘contested’ histories, developing recommendations of the HA (Historical Association), which can encourage students’ to appreciate the many challenging and conflicting interpretations of the past.
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.