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The Afterlife of Dissertations

My dissertation is now listed in the Proquest Dissertations database. Before now, other people would have had to contact me in order to obtain a copy.* Now, it's in the wild, available to scholars I have no contact with.

To the best of my knowledge, I have no other published scholarly work easily available in electronic form, other than a few book reviews (although I will eventually post some of it to my professional website). My other work - shorter pieces - is all more polished than my dissertation because, in the end, like most people, I wrote a dissertation that was good enough. A dissertation doesn't need to be highly polished. That's what the book that comes after is for.

I'm not working on that book yet. I'm working on a tangentially-related book instead. As soon as the current term ends (in another week and a half), working on that book, the edition - and its related notes - will be my primary occupation. And once that's done, then I'll read my dissertation again for the first time, and rework it into what it needs to become.

* For an electronic copy anyways. Otherwise they were scholars physically located at U of T in order to have access to the hardcopy versions.

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my_tw0_cents
Jun. 25th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
One of my students listed your dissertation in his essay outline's bibliography--I was very excited :)
owlfish
Jun. 25th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! I'm excited too. This is the first time I've known of my dissertation being used - at least, being potentially used.
my_tw0_cents
Jun. 25th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
:D It's possible that the period it covers will be too late for him to use it in the end (course is early medieval period), but the great thing is that he found it completely on his own--I hadn't pointed it out to him or anything.
owlfish
Jun. 25th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Despite the dates in the title of my dissertation (which, to be fair, cover the majority of the material), there's material there from ancient Greece to the seventeenth century - so it's possible there'll be something relevant in there.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 25th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
:D It's possible that the period it covers will be too late for him to use it in the end (course is early medieval period), but the great thing is that he found it completely on his own--I hadn't pointed it out to him or anything.
rfmcdpei
Jun. 25th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on being published!
owlfish
Jun. 26th, 2007 09:42 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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owlfish
Jun. 26th, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
It was odd to realize that I'm not actually sure what is and isn't online. Some of my minor publications I know for certain they aren't. Others might be out there in journal databases for all I know.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 25th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
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