Tuesday, 22 October 2013

@Phil: Dissertation Structure

Hope I didn't miss anything out! :)

1 comment :

  1. Hi Joey,

    Thanks for doing this. There's still some fine tuning to be done in Chapter 1.

    Chapter 1 should be about animation as an art form in 'general terms' - which means you should only be seeking to identify its fundamental characteristics in this chapter, but that you'll be identifying these fundamental characteristics by looking specifically at the Tom & Jerry cartoons from MGM and the Loony Tunes from Warner Brothers and seeking to identify the reasons for their appeal (and therefore the appeal of animation 'in general terms). This is the point where you use Bakhtin etc. As we discussed, you need to keep the 'discrimination' stuff out of this chapter, because that becomes important in Chapter 2 - likewise the idea of the effect of violence on children - which again, feels like Chapter 2 stuff for me.

    I think you need to now write Chapter 1, Joey - because it's I still think you're struggling to understand you're own argument a bit. I also think you need to get a few more books under your belt to help you broaden your understanding of the subject area - for example, I went into Google Scholar and just searched 'animation racism' and found a bunch of interesting leads - for example:

    Forbidden Animation: Censored Cartoons and Blacklisted Animators in America By Karl F. Cohen

    So - try and put together a chapter 1 with a 'quote per paragraph' model and let's see you shaping that first bit of your argument, because in so doing, the rest of your structure should come more sharply into focus.

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