Radical Fairy Tales and Little Monsters

I hope you've all been enjoying the succession of CFPs that have severed as substitutes for my updates of late. I'm currently in academic limbo between submission and viva. I've also increased my hours at work, and so have been rather lax on updating here. Submitting was equal parts stressful and underwhelming. Because I now... Continue Reading →

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thesis know how – beware the quote dump

Reblogging for myself and anyone else who is currently grappling with the balance of their own voices and the voice of the critic in their thesis. I’ve gotten some very good advice on this issue that I’ll be putting into practice today, but as always Patter hits the nail on the head with why we tend to rely on large quotations.

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I very often see first drafts of theses – and sometimes completed ones – which suffer from quote dumping. A quote dump is when the writer inserts a very large extract of someone else’s words into a text and then does nothing with it. The quote sits there, highly visible in its indented and italicised state, inert, unyielding, impenetrable.

The quote dump often occurs in literature chapters and/or when the thesis writer is discussing theoretical literatures. It’s sometimes used when people are explaining their methodology. It can happen when people genuinely attempt to engage with other people’s words and ideas and either challenge them, evaluate them or make them into foundations for their own research.

While quote dumping might have been the way to get good marks in essays in undergraduate and Masters work, it is a learned strategy that doesn’t fly so well in a doctoral thesis. Yes, the…

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Fantasy MLitt at the University of Glasgow

Things have come a long way since I did my MLitt in 20*mumble mumble*. Even though I did a course that was considered quite different at the time, it was in a very established academic subject area. While my MLitt dissertation was on a fantasy text, I had to alter the focus of my research... Continue Reading →

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Mirror mirror on the wall…

A quick post to plug a talk I'm giving tomorrow at the May meeting for the Being Non/Human discussion group, 6.30 – 8 pm in room S2.39 at King’s College London. This was supposed to be a quick post about a talk I gave on Monday at the Being Non/Human discussion group, but I forgot to... Continue Reading →

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CFP: Postgraduate Conference on Psychoanalysis

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY LONDON Leaflet 2014 Saturday, 14 June, 2014 We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals... Continue Reading →

Goal Setting: Count Down to T-Day

Or "Eeek it's February already!" My thesis submission date (or T-Day as it is marked on my calendar) is getting ever closer and I've now had feedback on almost all of the new writing I did during November and December. This can only mean that it's time to start a new round of goal setting... Continue Reading →

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Wanted: Research Groups/Centres

After my post on the Being Non/Human Discussion Group, I got thinking about all of the small but vital research groups that have been instrumental in my development through my PhD. Groups that have given me the opportunity to present my research in welcoming, yet critical environments. Research centres that have brought together . Individuals... Continue Reading →

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