S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen

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.
Tags: academia

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