For most of the last month, if I haven’t been editing physics text books (I’m a freelance editor in my other life, have I mentioned that?), I’ve been eagerly researching my claim to theory and steadily building up a literary review. While very useful and generally a rather good thing for a research student to be up to, all this reading has meant I’ve done virtually no actual writing on my thesis. This part of things is less useful and a good deal panic-inducing.
To get myself on the road back to diligent writerly studenting, yesterday I set to work editing some of my work into a paper to submit to a graduate journal. This piece is related to my current thesis work, but is based on an old draft of a former direction. It’s a good place for me to experiment with how to express my approach to theory, but it’s also a good way of examining and reaffirming my approach to the primary texts, in this case the James Bond, 007 series.
I’ve largely decided to veer away from Bond for my thesis. He seems like the obvious choice when studying spy fiction, and he is invaluable in many ways, but for my purposes he is a far better springboard into the secret agents that follow. Unfortunately, the rest of the world is batty about the fellow and keep sending out calls for papers to discuss him rather than his legacy. Even so, I’m peeved that I’ve come across the CfP for Bond Girls: Sex and the Secret Agent so late, irked that I missed Improbable Plots: Making Sense of Contemporary Popular Fiction and decidedly miffed with myself for completely overlooking James Bond and Co: Spies, Espionage and Thrillers in a Cultural Context.
These are the first conferences I’ve come across specifically covering my area and I’ve missed the chance to go to any. The last one by a mere 5 days for registration submission at that.
Lesson learned. From now on, bugger email; the first place I’m going to each morning is UPenn.