|Belated intro post
||[Mar. 3rd, 2005|02:30 pm]
I'm Heather. I'm doing Honours in Gender and Cultural Studies this year. I've commented a few times, but I haven't posted this before, because shortly after juliadactyl referred me, my computer broke down. It's an ongoing saga.|
When I applied, I planned to write about the ways in which people define their identity through the books they buy, display and read. I planned to analyse people's shopping/reading habits using Bourdieu's theories of cultural and sub-cultural capital. I borrowed Bourdieu's Distinction, and it's sat on my living room floor for about a month, now. Guilt has well and truly set in.
However, I've pretty much decided I'm changing my topic. I'm going to write about the new wave of knitting, and its relationship to feminist and simplicity/authenticity movements. I'm a bit ashamed of the change, since it's mostly because I'm completely obsessed with knitting. Really, though, there are lots more ways to research this topic, and there are actually obvious gender elements at play. And I suppose I've been doing research for this one, by buying and reading lots of knitting books. That counts, right? Right? I hope I can convince my supervisor.
Before last year, I'd been planning to do my honours in English, probably writing about Pride and Prejudice fanfic, possibly just on the off-chance that I'd get Will Christie as my supervisor.