I turned in chapters 6 and 7 last Sunday evening. Chapters 1-5 are completely finished, this is the second draft of chapter 7, and the first of chapter 6. It’s awesome to have everything at least in draft form for the first time. It’s a whole dissertation. I’ve gone through my 1000+ footnotes and my huge bibliography every day this week as a kind of nervous tick. I really, really hope that I am close to the end. After 7 years in the program and 3 on the dissertation, I am ready to be done. I spent a lot of time on it but I have done good work.

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