I am currently in the second year of research in the Department of English and Creative Writing, on the department's English PhD program. The 'broad topic' for my PhD is the history of sexuality; by which is meant something quite different from what has regularly been meant in many other academic studies. As such my research seeks, in a small but nonetheless fundamental way, to go 'beyond' the work of scholars such as Michel Foucault and Judith Butler on 'sexuality', while at the same time asking what it is that has consistently, and essentially, prevented such seminal work from reaching the grounds necessary for a more elementary enquiry.
In terms of 'materials', my thesis takes, as its base, not only 'texts' but also physical art and music. For this research, the British Library, The Beazley Archive at Oxford, and National Library of Scotland have already been of great help, and I hope in 2011 and 2012 to make use of other specific archives based in and around the UK and USA. I am also currently in the process of learning ancient Greek, a necessary step for the most elementary aspects of the research. In 2011-12 there are strong hopes for a scheduled period of research-leave with the British School at Athens. My supervisor and general confidante for the entire endeavor is, as ever, Professor Lynne Pearce.