Archives for the ‘Nationalism’ Category

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 […]



Am I asleep?

By • Aug 22nd, 2008 • Category: General Technology, Nationalism, Research, Scotland

Seriously, it’s not good to procrastinate, even if it’s unintentional.  Sometimes time can pretend to be stretchier than it truly is, leaving people like me caught at the edge of a cliff when they should have already built the bridge to walk across.  I’ve got research on the SNP – several notes files exist in […]