Just to recap: I took this summer off from teaching to make a significant dent to my dissertation. My goal was to complete 3 chapters by the end of summer vacation. I figure that after the 2 chapters of the proposal, 3 out of 7 chapters is a significant dent to the overall project. With one week to spare on my summer vacation, I have successfully completed 5 of 7… Continue reading
Another friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook the other day. It sits nicely with my dissertation methodology.
A friend of mine posted a link to this article on Facebook the other day, and it has some good advice. Though I do think that some of the suggestions it offers emphasizes the point that “the only good dissertation is a done dissertation,” which can lull us dissertation writers into a false sense of security or laziness. My school publishes our dissertations on Proquest, meaning that my dissertation will… Continue reading
The Concept Paper is a proto-chapter 1 that my school requires third year students to write to prove they are ready to start writing the dissertation. It goes through an extensive quarter-long peer review process, and includes an overview of the dissertation (Introduction), a preliminary Lit Review (my bane of existence), and a rough chapter outline. For my dissertation, I succeeded in… Continue reading
Writing a dissertation is very difficult. It’s as difficult as everyone makes it sound. Even when you have a solid idea and a clear visualization what should come of it. What makes writing a dissertation difficult isn’t the pulling a great idea of thin air, nor is it the painful hours of reading and writing. No, it’s the structure of the thing.
A lesson i have learned recently is… Continue reading
Yesterday, I found myself ready to write again. I’ve been grading grading and grading for a month. It was the first major assignment, which usually takes the longest to grade. So I thought I’d work on the nagging question: how is a study of Disneyland relevant to the Mythological Studies conversation?
I initially can come up with two such reasons. First, the work of Walt Disney and Disney Corp… Continue reading
Those stories we hold especially close are those that often have some connection with our personal myth at the time we encounter them. It’s not just a happy accident that we fall in love with something. It’s something far deeper than that. Something has been triggered psychologically.
As an undergraduate and throughout a portion of my graduate studies, my myth revolved around all things Harry Potter. Like so many… Continue reading
October 1 is right around the corner. That means hardly anything for you, except maybe a paycheck and a season change, but for me, October 1 marks the beginning of the most difficult project I have ever endeavored: the Dissertation. While I’m confident that my dissertation-writing process won’t be nearly as painful as the fabled stereotypical experience, I am nonetheless intimidated by the process. The original reason this blog exists… Continue reading