Ancrene Wiseass

A would-be medievalist holds forth on academia, teaching, gender politics, blogging, pop culture, critters, and whatever else comes her way.

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Friday, January 27, 2006

It's almost like being in love*

Hooray! Really Smart Theory Prof (who hadn't met me before today) wants to be on my committee. And I didn't even have to ask him.

I just took him a precis of my prospectus and a portion of my bibliography hoping that he'd help me think about what areas of theory I should be reading. I kinda had the ulterior motive of sussing him out to see whether he'd be interested in just sitting on the exam committee, but I didn't have to. He started saying all sorts of lovely things about how "interesting" and "rich" the project was and then asked whether he could be a member of the dissertation committee because he wanted to see how it would turn out.

"If you wouldn't mind having an extra member, that is," he said. "I'll just let you think about it."

"Really, I don't need to think about it," I said. "I'd be thrilled to have you involved. Thank you."

That kinda made up for feeling dowdy all day because I'd picked a rather unfortunate ensemble in my bleary-eyed, pre-coffee state. The Manolo, he would not be impressed. And I don't even want to think about what Heather and Jessica would say.


*Yeah, I know. I can't believe I just made a "Brigadoon" joke, either.