Posts tagged "this will be my thesis tag"
Apr 01 , 2014 3©Share
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icanwonder:

TO DO LIST:

1. Finish conference paper (10 pages)

2. Write Canadian Lit. Celebrity essay (20 pages)

3. Submit responses for White Civility (2 pages)

4. Write Louis Riel essay (10 pages)

5. Thesis chapter (24 pages)

Mar 28 , 2014 2Share
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M.A. Thesis: Introduction

M.A. Thesis: Introduction

Mar 27 , 2014 18©Share
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missychops:

My research methodology

missychops:

My research methodology

Mar 20 , 2014 3Share
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All of my Group of Seven photos are on my other laptop… and I need to transfer them, but if I transfer them, I’ll just spend all night making graphics, but I actually need one of them for my thesis.

The pitfalls of allowing me to academic about the Group of Seven.

Edit: I’m not even supposed to be working on my thesis I’m supposed to be working on my Neil Young conference paper but the rule of university is that you work on whatever homework you are not supposed to be doing at a given moment.

Mar 07 , 2014 1Share
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A glimpse of my thesis shelf (i.e.: milk crate and shoebox).

A glimpse of my thesis shelf (i.e.: milk crate and shoebox).

Feb 27 , 2014 101©Share
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lastnightsreading:

Peter Straub at WORD Bookstore, 10/2/13

lastnightsreading:

Peter Straub at WORD Bookstore, 10/2/13

Feb 26 , 2014 12Share
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How to Write a Thesis [Part 1/?]

This is just a funny project I’ve been messing around with for the past weeks weeks as I’ve been doing a mental retrospective on my last thesis, since I’m finding it hard to get into it with my current MA thesis. It’s not meant to be a real instructional guide for anybody, just a cute way for me to succinctly tally my writing process/procrastinate.

How to Write a Thesis [Part 1/?]

This is just a funny project I’ve been messing around with for the past weeks weeks as I’ve been doing a mental retrospective on my last thesis, since I’m finding it hard to get into it with my current MA thesis. It’s not meant to be a real instructional guide for anybody, just a cute way for me to succinctly tally my writing process/procrastinate.

Feb 20 , 2014 5Share
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Looking through the MacDonald family albums is like scrolling through my Tumblr dash: Cute men, cats, amazing dresses, cats, landscape, cats, selfies, cats.

Feb 19 , 2014 1Share
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In a church basement doing research this afternoon.

In a church basement doing research this afternoon.

Feb 16 , 2014 3Share
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I must be getting better at the whole “sounding authoritative” thing because twice this week archivists and librarians have forwarded information to me with extra directions for my research assistant.

I’m broke yo I ain’t got no research assistant.

Jan 17 , 2014 3Share
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lstanley asked:

A question of sincere interest: What specifically are you writing your thesis on? (J.E.H. Macdonald’s…) Do you ever get discouraged by the sheer amount of CanCon negativity/the pressures that are placed on Canadian culture to represent an “identity”?

First of all these are some amazing questions, and I could go on about this stuff forever, so I’ll chop this into three parts to make sure I actually answer your questions first, and see where I end up from there.

1. My current MA thesis is actually a critical biography about Joan MacDonald (née Lavis), J.E.H.’s wife. There has only been one other publication about her, “The Journals of Harriet Joan Lavis, 1888-1896,” and if she’s mentioned at all in Group of Seven or J.E.H. biographies it’s just a passing “MacDonald’s wife, the school teacher,” so I decided to tackle a thesis about her, and there are a number of reasons for that.

Beyond Emily Carr, the Group of Seven’s historiography is unarguably a male-driven sphere of artistic influence and output, without ever mentioning their female contemporaries, like Mary Wrinch and Doris Speirs. Even the Arts & Letters Club, which is generally regarded as a centerpiece of J.E.H. MacDonald’s life, didn’t accept female members till 1985 wtf, so focusing an entire essay on Joan MacDonald, a woman within this male-oriented area of scholarship, was really important to me, and also already touches on the second part of your question about the negativity/pressure in this field, but I’ll come back to that!

This thesis is being almost completely written from scratch. Because this is only the second text about Joan, I’m dealing with primary sources, first-hand accounts of Joan from her family, city directories to try and construct a timeline of her academic and professional career, and all that. So from a theoretical point of view, another thing this thesis does is consider the subjectivity of biographical writing (since I am an English MA student). For example, I might find explicit connections between two texts twenty years apart: one a journal entry from Joan, another a published, autobiographical anecdote by her son. So the question becomes, are these personalized accounts? Or collective idealizations of Canadians living in a rural region being taken over by a rapidly increasing population, as an echo of the times? So while I am presenting Joan MacDonald to my readership there is another more explicitly academic conversation going on.

2. My experiences with CanCon attitudes has been a bit different from, say, Ryan Edwardson’s thoughts on the music and entertainment industries, because J.E.H. MacDonald and the Group of Seven are so engrained into the national consciousness, and have been for almost one hundred years. A popular response to my work is that they are cliche and out-dated, though their paintings are still amongst the highest earning in the nation, and there is still a considerable amount of interest in books and documentaries, but what irks me is the fact that the Group of Seven are virtually uncontested cultural territory. As soon as someone mentions John A. Macdonald or the Canadian Pacific Railway there are debates about the implementation of residential schools, and the maltreatment of Chinese labourers, but somehow the Group of Seven escape the 21st-century scrutinies. While all the other symbols born out of the Confederation and Centennial eras are taking a shit-kicking as the national social landscape changes, the Group of Seven remain the same. There are no angry Huffington Post articles about them being a bunch of misogynists, hardly any noise about the possibility of Indigenous erasure in their work. Why? That’s sort of where my PhD thesis comes in, as a return directly to J.E.H. MacDonald. MacDonald was sort of the publicity guy behind the Group of Seven, and Tom Thomson, so I want to explore exactly why MacDonald’s words and legacy have had such staying power.

So, I would say that I do feel discouraged sometimes, often because I feel like even though I am taking a progressive stance on the Group of Seven, I might ultimately just be drawing more attention to the white English guys. But a lot of the courses I take are about considering white normativity as a component of racism, about post-colonial studies, and Indigenous studies, so that I don’t box myself in, or fool myself into thinking the Group of Seven speak for an entire nation. I don’t hold much stock on the idea of a “national identity” these days just because my research and writings have become so refined that I can’t possibly expect to connect it to everyone, everywhere. That said, my work is hospitably open-ended, so that there is a lot of leg room for debate and discussion.

I hope this at least begins to answer your questions! And if you have anymore, don’t hesitate. :-)

Oct 09 , 2013 6Share
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Susan MacDonald invited me to her house next month to look through her private collection of the MacDonald family photographs and correspondence.

I’m going to be there all day. That means meals at her house.

J.E.H. MacDonald photographs I’ve never seen before.

Crying.

Oct 04 , 2013 6©Share
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Talking to my thesis supervisor about J.E.H. MacDonald on Monday.

icanwonder:

MacDonald and I are going to become very good friends over the next year and a half.

Just reblogging this from March 2012, because it’s been a year and seven months since that post and now I’m talking to another thesis supervisor about J.E.H. MacDonald on Monday. And that projected year and a half of J.E.H. MacDonald is looking more like six more years.

Sep 29 , 2013 3Share
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"Thank you for considering applying to Carleton University’s Doctor of Philosophy: Canadian Studies program."

I’ve doomed myself.

Sep 27 , 2013Share
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I hate when I have to tackle like three topics at once in a proposal introduction and my brain just won’t see it all as a cohesive piece and I’m like, whyyy…

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