Congrats on turning in your thesis! I hope it's all smooth sailing from here. This is probably the last thing you want to talk about, but I remember you once mentioned that your thesis was about fictional representations of multiplicity. I was wondering what books/movies/whatever you wrote about. I've read a ton of supposedly non-fictional books about MPD/DID (though obviously there's a LOT of controversy about how accurate they are), but I can only think of two or three fictional ones.
thanks. i am smooth sailing into unemployment right now, and waiting for my defense. so we’ll see how things go.
i was mostly talking about fight club, set this house in order (a novel by matt ruff) and united states of tara. and then talking about allegories of multiplicity in other things, like dollhouse and clown girl (a novel by monica drake). and there was some queer theory/gender stuff in there so i also talking about eugenides’ middlesex and winters’ annabel. annabel is a really great book that i actually loved a lot. everyone should read it.
obviously i mostly stuck to fiction as i’m a lit phd. the psychological stuff gave me a headache tbh
okay so i’m on a proper hiatus now.
i submit my thesis on 1st april and i still have a lot of shit to do so i’m not gonna be around probably at all. i’ve put a slowed down queue on, and put a bunch of stuff in it, so there should be stuff posting on the semi-regular.
catch you on the flip side.
My 7 year old’s unsolicited perception of my grad school work…
things i have managed to shoehorn in references to in my thesis today, a brief list:
- lost girl
- chicago fire
- paige mccullers
my second supervisor just sent me a three paragraph long email about which font my thesis is going to be in. like listing the merits of various fonts. discussing serif vs sans serif.
in case you ever doubted the legitness of my thesis, i have a footnote that references buffy, star trek, legend of the seeker, futurama and sabrina the teenage witch.
we have reached the vodka portion of phd chapter rewrites
This is my favourite shelf in the library. Hashtag academia.
"this is like lumpy space princess cosplay" is a comment i just wrote on an academic article i’m reading
i just finished the first draft of my phd thesis.
just accidentally wrote ‘tentacles’ instead of ‘testicles’ in this thesis chapter
"in the problematic Susan Sontag sort of way"
EXPAND ON THIS PLEASE.
WHO ARE YOU MY SUPERVISOR?
Okay, so Sontag argues that using diseases as metaphors for other things is problematic because it erases the experience of the people who actually suffer from those diseases and can popularise harmful ideas about diseases and stigmatise sufferers. So there’s this whole thing about how diseases were used as punishment for wrong-doing in early fiction—it’s the person’s fault that they have a disease.
Her big example in Illness as Metaphor is cancer, so for example the idea/metaphor that you ‘fight’ cancer is problematic because you could then argue that someone that treatment doesn’t help is not ‘fighting hard enough’ ie it’s their fault that they’re sick and it’s their responsibility to get better.
Basically using diseases as metaphors is bad, because they are very real things that happen to real people, and metaphors and stuff erase that experience, stigmatise patients and blame them all at the same time! Fun!
That’s the most simplified version of that story ever, but THERE YOU GO.
venuscomb replied to your post: black coffee and a tiny free biscuit from the uni…
YES (I’ve even done the free ice water and saltines with a package of honey route…)
I bow to your grad school free food prowess! also, it makes me think of this:
black coffee and a tiny free biscuit from the uni cafe
BREAKFAST OF PHD CHAMPIONS