Archives for the ‘Nationalism’ Category

Final Update: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost (I Hope)

By • Aug 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

Well, while I now know far more about Middle-earth than is probably healthy (although, not going to lie, Stephen Colbert probably still knows more), I can say that this summer has been productive. I’ve read countless scholarly books and articles, written a heck ton of (hopefully useful) notes, and highlighted the bejeezus out of my…
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Fantasy and Nationalism: Initial Thoughts and Future Plans

By • Jun 1st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

Many people know of the story of Frodo, a humble hobbit who embarks on a quest, along with a fellowship of representatives of various peoples, to destroy a powerful and dangerous magic ring. Fewer people might be familiar with American Gods, in which Shadow, an ex-convict whose wife dies on the day of his release…
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Myth of a Nation: Fantasy and Nationalism

By • Apr 14th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

In a letter to a publisher in 1956, J.J.R. Tolkien claims that in writing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion he hoped to create a national mythology for England, rooted in Anglo-Saxon and Norse lore. Even though later in the very same letter Tolkien acknowledges this urge as “absurd,” the sentiment remains important to interpreting his fantasy. While mythopoeia—myth creation—is…
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Abstract: National Myth in Fantasy Literature

By • Mar 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

In a letter to a publisher in 1956, J.J.R. Tolkien claims that in writing The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion he hoped to create a national mythology for England, rooted in Anglo-Saxon and Norse lore. Even though later in the very same letter the creator of Middle-Earth acknowledges this urge as “absurd,” the sentiment remains […]

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Suitcase and etiquette

By • Feb 13th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Quebec, Research

I came to a realization this week, or rather, I came to an analogy.  My thesis is like a suitcase.  An overstuffed suitcase.  In fact, I think there’s even a kitchen sink stuffed into this suitcase, so overstuffed is it.  I’ve been writing my second chapter, in which I examine the development of Quebec national […]

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Hidden meanings

By • Jan 27th, 2009 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

Chapter Four came back surprisingly quickly, since it sucked… Well, to be fair, the prose itself wasn’t all that bad, but it needs a good sit-down and comb-through before it’ll be up to snuff. The comments I got back on the first three pages of it (all my advisor would read, at first) smarted. I […]

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Now, it starts.

By • Oct 15th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Quebec, Research

So, I made a decent amount of progress on last week’s goals even though I can’t cross them out as completed.  First, I discovered that I could draw out a lot of interview data from handwritten notes, isolating less than four hours of recordings to listen to rather than eight.  There’s a long car ride […]



Umm… oops?

By • Sep 19th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Quebec, Research

So after my interviews and literature review, I was under the distinct impression that ethnicity did not play a major role in voting patterns, especially in the case of Haitians.  There was a lot of backlash from the community when Jacques Parizeau, then leader of Quebec and  the Parti Québécois, stated infamously that it was […]



Again with the Thursdays!

By • Sep 18th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Research

Last time I met with my advisor I got assigned the revision of my thesis, as in the revision of the major claim to be supported in the up-to-100-pages of the eventual paper thesis. For this I had to read two articles. The first, the Rouse article, takes my topic from a comparative […]



Random inspiration

By • Sep 9th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Nationalism, Quebec, Research

I realized today in the middle of doing some other class’s reading that it would be really easy to argue that Haitian Montrealers/Haitians in Montreal/haïtiano-québécois have a distinct nationalism that has developed out of their experiences as Haitians and as Montrealers without leaning one way or the other. Admittedly, I need a better, deeper […]