My dissertation’s finished, or at least it’s to the committee and the defense scheme is going along as planned. We’re looking at an October 29 defense, after which time I will be Dr. Shears, thank-you-very-much. Of course, all of this assumes no problem. Haven’t heard anything yet from anyone, and they’ve had the draft for right at two weeks now, so I figure no news is good news.
At this point, even if there are problems that I’ll need to fix, they are going to be minor ones. My adviser wouldn’t’ve let me get this far otherwise. With that in mind, it’s time to give everyone a sneak peek of my dissertation.
No, I’m not going to post the 299-page document on here for people to read… who would touch it? (And remember, that’s after I decided to cut a big chapter that basically doubled my analyses.) Nope, I’m going the Wordle route. Wordle is a nifty little tool that anyone can use to make word clouds, based on number of times a given word appears in a text. Using this, I’ve created visual representations of my dissertation, which should give anyone who’s interested an idea what’s there.
You can click on the pictures to get a much larger version, which I recommend so that you can see all of the detail…. if that’s the sort of thing you’re interested in.
This one is representative of my entire dissertation. It includes the 350 most commonly used words, excluding ones like “the” and “and.”
Of course, the document is made up of five fairly distinct chapters.
Chapter One: Introduction
Chapter Two: New Orleans
Chapter Three: Hurricane Katrina
Chapter Four: Discursive Spaces of Safety
Chapter Five: Conclusions
Yeah, whenever I get the thing defended, revised, 100% finished and submitted, I’ll post a PDF file of the thing on Issuu so everyone can read it. Might as well try to get more than just my committee looking through this thing, right?