Hello, I’m Gabriella and I’m normally tweeting at @_GabbyInfante, but I’ll be tweeting from @WetheHumanities for the week commencing 4 April, 2016.
I am a second year (almost third year) PhD student at the English department of King’s College London, where I’m researching on the dynamics of gender through places and spaces in Restoration drama. My thesis, currently entitled ‘The Restoration libertine game on stage from 1660 to its afterlives: (de)constructing gendered spaces of action through textuality and performativity’, proves how politics of gender on the Restoration stage were aimed at foregrounding the character of the libertine and the male sphere which visually secluded the female presence and created definite gendered spaces of action. In doing so, my work investigates both writing and staging techniques applied to promote patriarchal and libertine values as an underlying thread of the Restoration dramatic canon.
I’ve worked as Teaching Assistant at King’s for the past semester, which gave me the chance to start teaching to undergraduates. This has been such a wonderful experience for me, as my love for teaching is what pushed me to pursue my PhD in the first place! I am also teaching on the Shakespeare400 Widening Project, which allows me to practice and improve my teaching skills with secondary schools’ students – it’s always a fun and exciting experience!
I’ve been a theatre reviewer for a year. After starting out with a personal blog for a few months, I then moved to londontheatre1.com, to reach a wider audience and test my abilities.
I’ve also had the pleasure to contribute with reviews to Shakespeare Bulletin, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, and soon to the ‘Criticks’ section of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
Stuff you can expect to see me tweeting about this week at @WetheHumanities: researching, from the perspective of a PhD student; teaching, with all its several approaches, ups, downs, and fun it brings; the joys and sorrows of PhD-ing; and, of course, the beauty of theatre. I look forward to having many relaxed and thought-provoking conversations with you!