Thursday, February 22, 2007

Sharonica: An Introduction

Hey all! So, this is dissertation boot camp. Let me tell you a bit about what I'm working on. I'm writing a dissertation on representations of public women, with a particular focus on the figure of the female author, in eighteenth-century English fiction. I've been at it proposal was approved right before my daughter was born and she' five now. But, the defense is set for May and there IS a light at the end of this long, sometimes painful, and occasionally demeaning tunnel.

Right now, I'm staying home with my two kids full time and writing an hour here and an hour there...whenever I get a chance. I know a lot of people think of dissertation writing in terms of pages. I think about it in terms of paragraphs. In fact, I'm supposed to be working out a paragraph right now. I'm revising a chapter on Maria Edgeworth and trying to hash out how it connects to the theoretical approach I'm using.

Dissertating and housewifery can both be quite isolating, so I'm happy to have stumbled across this blog. I'll be snooping around when I have a chance so I can find out more about who you are and what you're working on.


Meagan said...

"...a light at the end of the tunnel..." That must feel wonderful!


Suzanne said...

Welcome, Sharonica!

Billie said...

Welcome Sharonica! It's good to have you hear. It's also good to use someone make her way through this maze. Thanks for the "light." :-)

Sharonica said...

Thanks all! It's funny how you go from being not even close to done to being almost done overnight. It seems like there should be more of a "middle" to the whole process. Dissertating is strange!