Sobriquet 64.1

I have spent the first few weeks of the post-dissertation era trying to figure out what one does when one is not writing a dissertation.

Given how tremendously burnt-out I was when I finished the dissertation, I spent a few days vegging out, playing Sim City, and taking care of some minor editing. Once I recuperated a bit, I began taking care of some of the more tedious dissertation-related activities: formatting, printing, photocopying, mailing, and filling in paperwork. Now, after a couple of weeks, I am beginning to find myself craving projects again, which is good. I'm still a bit resistant to the idea of jumping headlong into another large-scale scholarly endeavor, but I intend to. For the time being, though, I want to focus on some of the things I relegated to the sidelines while writing the dissertation.

Of course, I still have my defense ahead of me. And that's no small thing. So I have been -- and will continue -- working on my dissertation topic for the foreseeable future.

In other Coetzee-related news, my chapter on teaching Disgrace in an existentially-focused literature course will appear in the MLA's upcoming volume, Approaches to Teaching Coetzee's Disgrace and Other Novels. Also, Modern Fiction Studies will be publishing my review of Stephen Mulhall's The Wounded Animal: J. M. Coetzee and the Difficulty of Reality in Literature and Philosophy. I wrote each of these while working on my Disgrace chapter last summer, so it's nice to see that some of the work I produced during that time come to light.


minxy said…
I've been just terrible. While you were enjoying not having to deal with the bulk of your dissertation, thus not updating frequently, I got myself out of the habit of checking regularly. The result is a super-late response to your post. In my defense, though, I've not been online much at all lately...just quick bits here and there, and I know how much you like it when I'm not wasting my day online. I'm wasting my day away on frivolous fiction, which I'm enjoying a lot (my friend, Jess, got me back into reading for pleasure and I'm having fun with that). Anyhoodle, I'm glad you're able to have some time to do what you want and plot your next endeavor. YAY!!! :)
Bookphilia said…
Congratulations on submitting your dissertation and best of luck at the defense. It's been a year and a half, and I'm still not sure what to do when not writing a diss...
Anonymous said…
Congratulations in advance.
Your blog inspired me last year when I was finishing up my dissertation. I defended end of last year, but I came back today to this site today to check up on you, and am glad to see that you are done as well. Best of luck with the defense.
I look forward to reading your articles on Coetzee in upcoming issues.
Asdghig K.

PS. I didn't include Coetzee in my dissertation in favor of Gordimer, but I am a big fan nonetheless. *Waiting for the Barbarians* is an all time favorite of mine.
Thank you so much, Ashdig! I'm so glad my blog provided you with some inspiration and congratulations on your own success!

Colleen: It's nice to know that my sense of "um, what do I do now?" is not unique to me!

Minxy: You get a free pass!

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