The biggest news is that I am now ABD!
I took my written exams in mid-February and passed my oral exam and defended my dissertation prospectus on March 5th. Now it’s time to move forward with the dissertation project. The progress is going well, and I’m looking forward to spending the summer focusing entirely on the dissertation.
In other news, an essay I wrote for an edited collection about singer/songwriter Joanna Newsom was recently published. The book is edited by Brad Buchanan and is called Visions of Joanna Newsom. It’s available through Amazon, and the book has gotten some nice press from music magazines. My essay is titled “Joanna Newsom Covers in the Blogosphere.” It was a fun project that I did a few summers ago, and it involved interviews with a number of artists who have covered her work. Her new album is amazing, by the way. I managed to see her a few weeks ago when she played in Durham, and it was a beautiful show.
I also recently found out that I had two papers accepted for presentation at NCA this coming November. The first is something I co-wrote with my CRDM colleague, Dawn Shepherd, titled “Watching Tina Fey Make Liz Lemonade: 30 Rock’s Post-Feminist Feminism.” The second paper is dissertation-related and titled “HBO, New Queer Cinema, and the AIDS Epidemic.”
On the teaching front, the spring semester is winding down. Introduction to Film has been a blast to teach, and I’ve also really enjoyed teaching Electronic Media Writing again. Those students have recently completed their documentaries, and the final products are available on YouTube and Vimeo if you’re interested in taking a look.
In other news… I really want an iPad.