When you are writing a humanities thesis you are consumed with reading; wrapped in it and floating across it.
Every new idea throws you off in a thousand directions and every key point must be backed with scholarship, proven or argued. My thesis has a literature review within a review of literature about other literature – the layers of texts about texts boggle my mind and clutter up my bibliography. I know I am not alone in finding it throws reading for pleasure off kilter but what about other academic reading.
How do you keep up with ideas in your field not specifically connected to your research without wasting time you should be writing? How do you get over the itch to try and find a way of connecting an interesting article to your thesis or the guilt of reading something just because the idea fascinates you?
Am I the only person who has this problem?
What I’m reading now:
- The Phd Thesis of my soon-to-be-retired former supervisor: Identities and identity-formation in Cornwall [in the eighteenth century (I think)] – on my Kindle courtesy of the British Library’s ETHOS scheme
- A Phd thesis on the use of classics in British hegemonic education – also on the Kindle as above
- An Article about Classical education of Irish peasants [in the eighteenth century] – via Project Muse
- A book called Archaeology of Identities – from the uni library
- Rev. Whitaker’s Supplement to the 2nd ed. of Polwhele’s History of Cornwall – photocopies from library in Truro Museum
- Today’s Guardian Newspaper
- Not a single fiction work at all. (unless you count newspapers ) aaargh