ABOUT THE BIG LIT EYE
and me, Maika Nguyen
Currently a PhD student in Modern Languages, I have kept several years' worth of notes on texts that I have studied, with no particular use for them anymore. I'd studied and written the exams, after all.
Though I didn't need the notes any more, I realised that I didn't want to leave them unforgotten, especially since I had certain ideas that never made it to an essay; I was hoping to be able to go back through them and create something that could help others in their studies.
My first three attempts at this blog consisted of just that: I would reread my notes, reread an old text, and write a post about it. However, I didn't merely want to write up the notes that I had gained from lectures or seminars, and so I tried to write only about texts that I came across outside of university. Again, unfortunately, I felt that my project needed the most rigorous analysis, and that my casual reading was undeserving of half-hearted attempts.
In the end, I have decided to create a space in which I can respond, as personally as possible, to anything I read. Sometimes these responses may take a creative turn, though not always, but I nevertheless hope to provide food for thought and discussion.
Finally, given that my doctoral research project focuses on 'home' in the autofiction by Dany Laferrière and Anna Moï, I also aim to be able to post about my research on this website. The themes of my work may also be explored via the other reading that I carry out and post about on this blog, and some postings may be linked to l'Association des études françaises et francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI), for which I am currently the Postgraduate Representative.
As a recipient of the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship award, I would like to acknowledge the Irish Research Council's role in funding my research.