[lit-ideas] Re: Sunday Twofer

  • From: "Eric Yost" <mr.eric.yost@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Aug 2012 17:22:46 -0400

The famous dissertation, cited below, sparked the internecine, often
bloody, decades-long war between the departments of Welcome Studies,
Speak of the Devil Studies, You Betcha Studies, Acknowledgment Studies,
Cultural Anthropology, Aloha Studies, and Assertiveness Training
Studies. Following practices long established before the Thirty Years
War, this protracted conflict was often waged on other department's
turf, and resulted in many Department Chairs, even Deans, being roused
from their beds and ungallantly spanked. The department of Naming
Studies refuses to name the conflict and many deny it even occurred.

The Thanks List in Phd versus thanking in wider culture: cultural
paradigms - the Oscar 'thank' and the Starbucks 'thank': issues of
inclusivity and magnitude; inclusivity and magnitude of Phd 'thank';
limits to inclusivity: dealing with friends, parents, spouses and
children - the dedication; limits to magnitude: use of appropriate
language, irony and sarcasm; why 'thanked' bear no responsibility for
errors; why no 'thanks' for those whose work cannibalised in thesis;
extensive 'thanks' as smokescreen for unoriginality; generousity of
'thanks' as diversion from meanspirited, pernickety 'what follows';
historical overview: the genesis of Phd 'thanks' - 'Who did Plato
thank?'; a revisionist view of contemporary practice - 'Thanking

Addendum I: Tractatus and Investigations as culturally deviant in their
'thanking' - 'Why does Wittgenstein thank no one?'

Addendum II: The Festschrift as 'Thank-fest'

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