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.