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PhD Blog #14: Updates and Goals

We're a few weeks into the new year and nearly four months into the second year of my PhD. This feels like a good time to take stock of where I am and to look forward to the year ahead. Updates: In 2018, I passed my transfer/upgrade viva, won two postgraduate essay prizes (BAAS, BACLS),… Continue reading PhD Blog #14: Updates and Goals

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Landscape and Masculinity in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

This article has been published on US Studies Online It is the winner of the 2018 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Essay Prize. In lieu of an abstract, an extract from the piece can be read below: Since his first works came to critical attention, Ernest Hemingway has occupied a space in the… Continue reading Landscape and Masculinity in Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms

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PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

In January of this year, I shared my intention to be more organised in my approach to research (read my original post here). I purchased a notebook to use as a bullet journal and sought to plan my time more effectively and to track my working patterns. I have had mixed success with these goals.… Continue reading PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

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PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

Tuesday 3rd of July was my birthday, hooray! It was also the date of my transfer viva. The transfer or upgrade viva is a milestone in the PhD process that (hopefully) moves you from provisional to official candidate status. In order to make that move, we have to satisfy a panel of internal readers that… Continue reading PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

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PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much

The first big milestone of my PhD is rapidly approaching. The transfer viva involves submitting a completed chapter of your thesis (c.15,000 words) along with a synopsis outlining the project as the basis for a mini-viva. Succesful completion of the transfer viva is necessary to progress from "probationary" status into a fully-fledged PhD candidature. The… Continue reading PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much