Thursday, December 17, 2009

Congratulations, Sandy!

She has slain her papery dragon and convinced her oral examiners of her prowess so she is now Dr Sandra Schwab! Her thesis is titled
"Of Dragons, Knights & Virgin Maidens - Dragonslaying and Gender Roles from Richard Johnson to Modern Popular Fiction." It's basically an overview of the development of the dragonslayer story from 1596 to 2002, covering Elizabethan romance, folk literature, nineteenth-century & early-twentieth-century medievalism, fantasy and romance. The focus is mainly on the development in Britain, but I also discuss a few German ("Kinder- und Hausmärchen"!) and US American texts.



The origami dragon was designed and made by OrigamiWolf and copied in accordance with the Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike license.

9 comments:

  1. congrats Sandy! And great image Laura.

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  2. Thank you so much!!!! The dratted exam wasn't too bad (with only one minor moment of now-it's-a-good-time-to-jump-out-of-the-window), all maidens were saved, the examiners were quite taken with the toy theatre I had brought with me, and I didn't fall off the bronze horse in front of the humanities building after all. Pictures will follow soon.

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  3. Pictures of happy me & the Horribelz Dragonz: clickie

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  4. I have a gown just like that one. But why did your friends not find a lance and a large dragon so that you could pose as St. George while on the horse? You could have added a new and exciting element to the departmental ritual. ;-)

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  5. Congratulations. Emerging from orals smiling is a triumph to be savored.

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  6. Warmest congratulations, Sandra!

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  7. Again, thank you so much for the congrats!

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