Ran some of my orphan dissertation notes through the word cloud machine: I guess it’s obvious that I”m writing about the Creek Nation of American Indians.
In struggling with the Big Writing Project lately, I’ve been getting unexpected sustenance from writers who are not particularly scholarly. It’s not easy to explain how this has worked. Continue reading “Learning from writers”
I’ve decided to join the academic social network Academia.edu, by far the best of the two or three I’ve seen in this category. Here’s how I summed myself up: My dissertation is based on the diaries of Lukas Vischer, a Swiss traveler in the United States, 1823-1828. His travels ranged from Canada to the Mississippi […]
About a year ago I was browsing in a book completely unrelated to my Ph.D. research; it was about criticism of Shakespeare plays on film. I happened on a phrase that summed up an unexpressed insight I’d had about my research subject (a Swiss traveler in the U.S. in the 1820s). It was a well-turned […]