Many thanks to the founders of this group--I hope it works out well for all of us.
I, like all of you, am aiming to finish my thesis in the foreseeable future, but due to my nigh endless fount of procrastinations, it's proven quite difficult.
My thesis is, I think, a rarity theses days: a good old fashioned bit of institutional history, a comparative study of the archdeacons of the dioceses of Paris and Lincoln, ca. 1050-1250, and their roles both inside and outside of the church. In the end, if I finish, it's real value will be as a footnote to Chaucer and all those people who actually wondered what the Ercedekne was doing. If I can fit it in, I'll also be examining the shifting treatments of archdeacons in 12th and 13th-century canon law, as well as providing a bio-bibliographical catalogue of famous archdeacons in the Middle Ages (which my committee says, painfully truthfully, will be the only part anybody will want to read).
I've been ABD for a little while now, having finished off my Major Fields (as we call them) two years ago and had my thesis approved last year.
I have no shortage of writing done for my thesis (a few hundred pages of tripe), but I utterly lack any sort of organization. I marvel at all the people who can actually speak of "two chapters done, three to go". Sure, I had a clear outline for my thesis proposal, but I haven't exactly followed it.
One of the things I've had to deal with is too much freedom. My supervisor simply chuckles and tells me he trusts me whenever I come with worries about my progress, and my other committee members would really rather not read my thesis until it's done.
Anybody else here have this sort of problem? Advice?
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