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I have now reached the 3/4 mark on my dissertation in terms of chapters written (six out of a projected eight), with most of the chapters having gone through multiple drafts. An April defense and May graduation seem all but locked in, barring disaster.

And then? Well, I’m not sure. But if you’re curious, you can probably just keep reading the blog and find out eventually.

January 5, 2009 - Posted by | academia

22 Comments

  1. But if you’re curious, you can probably just keep reading the blog and find out eventually.

    The epic film has been rendered obselete by the advent of a new genre: The Weblog.

    Good luck. Perhaps it’s time for me to start being productive again.

    Comment by transportinburma | January 5, 2009

  2. But are they any good? I mean, I assume they are, but you might have accidentally gone crazy and written, I dunno, a Nazi cosmogony or a huge poem on the colour of duck eggs, or something. Has anyone else seen them?!

    Comment by infinite thought | January 5, 2009

  3. Don’t be evil, IT! Anyway, there aren’t enough huge poems on the colour of duck eggs. Whose to say such a poem wouldn’t constitute an original contribution to the sum of human knowledge?

    Comment by Dominic | January 5, 2009

  4. I just reread it. It’s a Nazi cosmogony whose basic unit is the duck egg. Fuck!

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  5. I think I can pull this out, though — I’ve just got to really focus on these last two chapters.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  6. Don’t be evil, IT!

    Sorry, jetlag…! Won’t happen again. Erm. But actually I really do hope that Adam (if he hasn’t already) one day writes the definitive huge poem on the colour of duck eggs. Hmm, now I kind of hope that I do. Perhaps ‘Humanism and Antihumanism: The Political Subject in Sartre, Althusser and Badiou’ was in fact a huge poem about the colour of duck eggs, or hmmm more likely, a Nazi cosmogony. Ono!

    Good luck AK, I hope one day you’ll shun us at international conferences.

    Comment by infinite thought | January 5, 2009

  7. My advisor has actually read all drafts, and seems to think that the latest chapter is my best so far — I basically agree. Me and Anselm go way back.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  8. OMG, I wrote “whose” when I should of wrote “who’s”. And I don’t even have jet lag as an excuse!

    Comment by Dominic | January 5, 2009

  9. “Should of” rather than “should have” was, however, deliberate and for comic effect.

    Comment by Dominic | January 5, 2009

  10. Rather simplistic question: when did you start writing and how long is it?

    Comment by Alex | January 5, 2009

  11. You know Adam, I’ve been wondering for a while why you don’t just post your draft dissertation here on your blog. Is there some kind of web application that would allow us to see the changes on the on-line copy in real-time, as you make revisions to your draft at your home computer? It would be best if the web application showed the changes in redline, so we could track them easily and revert to earlier drafts if we wanted.

    This would not only be instructive for your readers, but beneficial to you as well, as we would be able to comment on your draft and on your revisions, and some of our comments are bound to be useful. In fact, I can’t believe you haven’t done this already — it’s unlikely that the thought hasn’t occurred to you. Maybe there’s some good reason for not adopting this proposal, but if there is, I certainly can’t imagine it.

    Comment by jms | January 5, 2009

  12. jms, Are you insane?

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  13. I was only asking. Geez, touchy.

    Comment by jms | January 5, 2009

  14. I have repeatedly said here and on AUFS that I don’t want to even blog about my dissertation in concrete terms, much less post the chapters for the general public to comment on.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  15. Alex, I seem to have e-mailed myself the first backup of my original draft of the first chapter at the end of June 2008. It is projected to be eight chapters long, with the chapters averaging 12-14 pages, single spaced.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  16. Further research reveals that I started writing the Zizek book in mid-July 2007 and had a complete draft by the first of October, so I’m really slacking this time.

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  17. Holy shit, that’s fast. (I keep asking Verso for a copy of it, btw, but it’s like trying to suck duck eggs out of a stone or something.)

    Comment by Steven | January 5, 2009

  18. Part of the problem may be that it was published by Continuum (specifically their T&T Clark imprint).

    Comment by Adam Kotsko | January 5, 2009

  19. Ah yes, that’s who I’m asking! (I mean, they confirm they publish the book and everything.)

    Comment by Steven | January 5, 2009

  20. When you become Doctor Kotsko, you’ll be able to ask people to strip and bend over anytime you want to. Also, you can be forensic Doctor Kotsko on one of those crime shows, and have hott young forensic MDs talking intensely to you all the time until you get totally sick of them. Heebie loves being a doctor.

    Comment by John Emerson | January 6, 2009

  21. Finished mine a while back. Defending it tommorow…

    Comment by Amish Lovelock | January 7, 2009

  22. Good luck Amish. What is it on again?

    Comment by Anthony Paul Smith | January 7, 2009


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