dissertation · graduate school · Writing

Shaped by landscape

One of my dissertation chapters is about John Joseph Mathews Wah’Kon-Tah and Sundown. It’s fitting in between chapters describing the art/writing inspired by locations–New Mexico and Oklahoma, to be specific. Mathews seems to walk a line of arguing that the landscape is a constant, and showing that it isn’t. He’s writing about the encroachment of modernity, and the ways… Continue reading Shaped by landscape

american literature · dissertation · Ethnicity Studies · graduate school · Native American Studies

notes on Todd Downing

I’m working on the final chapter in my dissertation. The focus is Todd Downing, an Oklahoma-born Choctaw who wrote detective fiction in the 1930s and 1940s. His featured detective, Hugh Rennert, works for the U.S. Department of the treasury–work that often takes him into Mexico where he finds himself the witness or bystander in murder… Continue reading notes on Todd Downing

academic writing month · acwrimo · dissertation · graduate school · Uncategorized

Academic Writing Month, Day 20… Only day 20?

16,014 words so far. My introduction is nearly done. Chapter 1 is well on its way to being done. Over the next 10 days, I plan to have both ready to send to my advisor. I’m tired. I took Tuesday off, because I had other work I needed to catch up on–a book chapter that… Continue reading Academic Writing Month, Day 20… Only day 20?