Mascot for #DevilDiss

Mascot for #DevilDiss
Mascot for #DevilDiss

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The State of Things: My Dissertation Outline

So I have a couple of thoughts I'm going back and forth on with my dissertation outline.
  • Originally I was going to examine the devil in literature, from medieval through early modern texts grouping according to personality, actions, and physical description. I keep going back and forth between doing this to show the variation and more clearly trace the evolution, and organizing chronologically.
  •  If chapter 1, 2, 3 are personality, actions, and physical descriptions, then I had planned for chapter 4 to examine specifically how the character was used, by the Church, and against women. Now I wonder if texts of the Church (usually just available in Latin, and therefore not accessible to lay people) should be the delineation, or if these texts should be integrated into the first three chapters.
  • For the introduction, I'm playing with the idea of mapping Anglo-Saxon migrations and manuscripts that feature the devil over each other on a graphic. Both as a way to clarify my thinking, and as a visual for my introductory chapter. A little digital humanities work. We don't  have anyone in the department that does digital humanity work, but I think this is a small enough project where I could do it on my own.

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