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Wow - this community caught me right at the beginning of a whinge.… 
16th-Mar-2006 06:43 pm
Wow - this community caught me right at the beginning of a whinge.

Two chapters down. Two to go. Aim to be on the job market next fall with the dissertation defended in the spring. Nothing published yet, but one thing submitted (fingers crossed so hard that they look like a caduceus). I'm on track, as long as I don't fuck up too bad.

Third chapter is proving just as hard to get started as the other two. The beginning part is one of those 'let's review 200 years of history' things to set the context/groundwork for the rest of the chapter, and I've been wrestling with it for days to little result. My project is interdisciplinary -- on law, government, and literature -- and these introductory bits always make me realize exactly how little I know...a little more than my peers who don't do this kind of thing, perhaps, but still perilously little. Every word I write, I imagine a historian somewhere, snickering. So I'm thinking I'm going to start on the more meaty part of the chapter -- a reading of some parliamentary bits, still not my literary demesne but something I'm a bit more comfortable with than medieval jurisprudence -- and get that done. Maybe then the introductory/contextual bit will fall better into place.

Hello all, my name is cataptromancer and I'm writing a dissertation.
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17th-Mar-2006 12:06 am (UTC)
Hello, Cat. sorry, your username is too long when i'm tired ;)

welcome to the community. nice to see that some folks are further along -- you can give us neophytes your pearls of wisdom, lol.

way to go on two chapters!!! my goal is pretty ambitious, i know, but i too intend on going on the market this fall.

what department are you housed in now or where will you seek a job?



17th-Mar-2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Hey there.

I'm a ph.d. candidate in an english department (though if you don't mind I'll keep mum on the precise place for discretion's sake).
17th-Mar-2006 12:24 am (UTC)
of course i don't mind at all :) i just wondered where your work fit.

anyway, thanks for joining!
17th-Mar-2006 12:27 am (UTC)
Hi cataptromancer. Ah another English departmenter. Isn't it fun.
17th-Mar-2006 01:03 am (UTC)
Nothing published yet, but one thing submitted (fingers crossed so hard that they look like a caduceus).

Which publication have you targeted? I have a paper from this term that may be a potential piece for submission somewhere, but I've done little hunting beyond gaining familiarity with the likes of Medium Aevum, Speculum, and Philological Quarterly. Will be interested to hear how that turns out, in any case; good luck.
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