In my formative submission for my essay titled “How does visualmaterial culture investigate concepts relating to glamour and the grotesque within its representations of female monsters?” my feedback suggested that I have created a coherent argument that is illustrated by my chosen examples of female monsters who incorporate both elements of the grotesque and glamour, creating an attractive monster. This is encouraging moving forward as it i important to make a clear and confident argument in the dissertation.
To further strengthen my arguments, or to make sure my arguments are strong in my dissertation I have to ensure I have evidence or work from academics to back up my statements. This willmake sure I avoid sweeping statements that I am unable to back up. This will encourage me to not make a point unless there is academic theory or ideas behind it, in turn this will make me more proactive in seeking out such evidence from academics to enable me to say what I want to. The idea of erotic desire combined with darker desire is a theme that I will be exploring in my dissertation so it would be helpful to go back over the work from “goddesses and monsters” in order to find such information or pointers to who has written about it.
I have applied the theorethical concepts and debates to my examples in my previous essay, this is something I will continue to do with the use of the columns analysis method which enables an in depth and extensive analysis of images however I will have to work harder at finding more sources of my own, finding relevant material to use to analyse images as this is something that I can struggle with which explains why it was an action point or criticism of my formative assessment. I think using images and analysing, comparing and contrasting them in my dissertation will play to my strengths. Using the columns analysis template makes my work more organised which makes writing the essay much easier.
Another thing I need to work on is summarising findings and improving my introduction and conclusion. This comes as a part of making sure the ideas in my essay are organised and structured. A comment in my feedback was that the introduction sounded more like a conclusion, working on these skills will mean I will have an overall more coherent and sophisticated dissertation/ discussion. Being abe to summarise what I find will allow me to draw on my own critical position on my dissertation subject and will make sure I can make conclusions and be sure of what things suggest. Whilst writing the dissertation I will have to try and refrain from using the first person and ‘I’ as it will be a piece of academic writing not opinion. Writing in an academic way is particularly hard for me, reading as well takes a lot of time and focus so this is something I will have to consider when I am undertaking the dissertation, as it will mean I have to set aside more time for the reading and understanding what I am reading. I will have to find a way to make sure I summarise the material I read so I can easily access it when I need it to prove a point I want to make. To try and make this a lesser issue I will analyse images as this is something that comes more naturally to me, making sure my dyslexia doesn’t hinder my ability to express the ideas I have is really important as I don’t want it to hold me back, or prevent me in doing my best. Another thing I can do to make thinfs easier for myself is to make sure I book an appointment with the academic librarian as I have been struggling using met search, however I left it too late to access this resource when it came to writing the proposal. I think in order to complete the dissertation I need to make a timetable or something to make sure I am doing it, without this I think I would put it off as its not something i enjoy and I would end up rushing it and being dissapointed.
Whilst writing my dissertation I need to revisit referencing guides and help as it was picked up in my feedback that some of the references were incomplete or incorrect, to try and help myself with this I have been trying to keep a record of the sources that I have used in the correct referencing format so when it comes to inputting them into the bibliography and the in text citations I will find it easier.
Over the time I have been writing my dissertation proposal I have found that the main focus or ‘point’ of the essay has been difficult to pin point. The subject is vast and finding something quite exact to write about has proven difficult. Still, as I am nearing the end of the proposal and reviewing all of the reading I have done so far I am waiting for an exact point to argue or debate or discuss.
The idea of the female killer being darkly/disturbingly attractive is the most poignant and resenates the most as something I could write about, attractive in terms of the female murderer being the subject of the male gaze and exploring how the darker aspects of desire and attraction.