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The current ch. 2 (cc.2) has been my weakest chapter for a while. Even after editing, it still is. It needs fleshing out in many places. If I have an hour or three spare tomorrow night or Tuesday morning, I'll return to the cc.2 and try to fix the worst of its lacks. Ch. 1 is in decent shape though after the round of editing earlier today. I have 6 chapters in all. (Four of which have cc numbers because I'm still trying to decide what order they should be in.)

Thanks to the kind generosity of carmen_sandiego, I also now have a dissertation mascot, shown here posed in front of cc.2. You can't tell from the photo, but it's a butterfly with heart-shaped wings which doubles as a wearable pin.

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ajodasso
Mar. 14th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
What's the subject of your dissertation, if you don't mind my asking?
owlfish
Mar. 14th, 2005 04:08 am (UTC)
In a nutshell
If I minded you asking me about my dissertation, I shouldn't be writing one!

I'm looking at the degree to which people in the Medieval and Early Modern periods were aware that recent inventions had been recently invented, and what associations/symbolism was attached to those inventions. My case studies are the windmill, mechanical clock, hourglasses, and eyeglasses. (Those would be the four chapters I'm not sure what sequence they should be in.) The whole project is structured around some strange mid-15th c. French personifications of Temperance, in which the virtue's attributes include a mechanical clock, a pair of eyeglasses, and a windmill, among other things. Thus, my final chapter is a history of Temperance's attributes, and how these objects in particular might have come to be her attributes.
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