charamei: Start writing and keep writing! (NaNoWriMo: Start Writing and Keep Writin)

2440 / 8000 words. 31% done!
charamei: (NaNoWriMo08: Book Learnin')
Because somebody on the Internets asked for it, and because my diploma finally arrived, here's my MA dissertation.

The title: Tropologising Myth: interpreting the megatext of myth through the vernacular of modern shared narrative systems
Which means in English: How all classical myth and literature is basically fanfiction

(You see why we had to give it a poncy title.)

This is changed in only one significant way from the original: the addition of a Creative Commons license. Please note that this means my name and college are in the header, not the title, as that's where I put them for handing essays in to school.

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Tropologising Myth: interpreting the megatext of myth through the vernacular of modern shared narrative systems by Catherine Russell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
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And just to warn anyone wanting to use this for serious academia: it's not very good. I scraped a pass, due partly to laziness and partly to my family life falling down around my ears last year when I was meant to be doing this. Please be careful to critique it thoroughly.


Oct. 28th, 2009 01:21 pm
charamei: (NaNoWriMo08: Book Learnin')
My MA results have (finally) come through. Against all odds, I passed.

Not much else to report. NaNo plans proceed swimmingly, by which I of course mean that half of my main characters have no names, my villain's motivation is a cliche, I keep forgetting about both subplots and I still haven't created so much as a definite article of the conlang.

But hey - I have an MA.
charamei: Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters. (NaNoWriMo: Good Writing Day)
Okay, not exactly success, but the thesis makes sense this time. So yeah.

One day, I'm going to start blogging properly (i.e. so that other people can understand what I'm on about). Will make the attempt once the dissertation is out the way. Maybe.

Suffice it to say, my dissertation has begun to make sense. Which is good.
charamei: Tenth Doctor, looking confused: "Dear Diary. Questioning own sexuality - think I may have one!" (DW10: Not asexual)
It probably says something about Who fandom that our version of 'Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?' is, 'Yes, but what are your thoughts on asexuality?', doesn't it?

It's been bugging me for quite a while; and since most of what I write involves either multiple Time Lords, or Gallifrey, or both, I've put a fair amount of thought into the Great Question of Whether Time Lords Do It.

My answer: No.

I can rant at length about my meta reasons for this stance (they range from my own asexuality to feminism to 'Why can't the goddamned aliens just act alien?'), but that's a rant for another time. Here's my in-universe reasoning.

A note on the vexed question of Canon: My stance on this is that anything featuring an Actual Actor is canon, including the Big Finish audios and spinoffs. Everything else is on a sliding scale of 'whether or not I like the idea'; and since I've read exactly three of the books, most of my information on their contents comes second-hand from the Wiki. One of those three books is Lungbarrow, though.

And a spoiler warning for the end of S04.

Look, ma! A teal deer! )


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