Breaking the thesis mould

Becoming a PhD supervisor


This is a handy link to an outline for conventional thesis structure. I wish I’d had something like this, right from my colloquium, so that I was more alert to what I needed to be thinking about. It could form an organisational framework for note-taking… and yet I wonder whether this might preclude more creative work. Some students find ways to create sophisticated and innovative thesis structures that fulfil all the requirements of the conventional thesis, and do more as well. In my own thesis, I enacted my Bakhtinian conceptual framework, around the volatility of language and the tensions of competing discourses, by interspersing more conventional chapters with clusters of images and creative writing. In my introduction I listed the conventional sections then wrote:

Yet interleaved between these sections are clusters of words and images that themselves portray sites of struggle (Bakhtin, 1981), in the cultural production of girls, young…

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Author: ALawlessLog

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