I am a first year PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University where I completed both my undergraduate degree in history and English (2015) as well as just finishing my MRes in Modern History and will be graduating in the Summer.
The idea of this site is to get my research in the public sphere and I am really interested in having some feedback and discussions about that work. I suppose it may be helpful that you know what exactly I am studying! My research is an extension of both my undergraduate and MRes dissertation and looks at gender performativity and gender passing in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In particular I explore the lives of female to male gender passing individuals and engage with how they embody all aspects of masculine life including, physical appearance, relationships with women and obtaining traditional masculine employment (building, dock work, Groom, bricklayer etc.) Using newspaper articles and locating them in census records, prison and court records I want to uncover the lives of these individuals and consider their relationships with their friends, colleagues and wives as well as how they were seen within their community.
Hopefully this site will be a great forum for chat and discussion and if not, just some enjoyment for readers like me! Oh and I will guarantee there will be article discussions and book reviews, so it won’t all be about me … promise!