While there will be many, many more end-of-grad school posts, today I wanted to share the acknowledgments for my thesis: "Its Own Sense of Verisimilitude": The Lizzie Bennet Diaries As a Transhistorical Adaptation of the Semipublic.
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I would like to thank the professors and faculty at Oregon State for their guidance and support. I am also grateful to the MA Symposium, the PAMLA and PCA/ACA Conferences where I got to try out many of these ideas. Thank you to my committee: Bradley Boovy, Jillian St. Jacques, Jon Lewis, and especially to Megan Ward, who so often offered me the vocabulary for what I was trying to articulate.
To the creators whose work inspired this process, I cannot fully express my gratitude. To everyone at Pemberley Digital, who pursued this passion project with excellence and care, and to show runner Bernie Su for your vision, commentary, and responses to my Twitter inquiries. Most importantly, to Jane Austen whose quietly subversive and effervescently witty work has shaped my life in a myriad of ways.
To all the artists and creators that became a part of my graduate school experience, thank you for making art. Your work has sustained, invigorated, and fueled me.
To the friends who have supported my work whether in person or hypermediated forms. To my friends and colleagues at Oregon State, and specifically Hannah, Rita, Ethan, Hayley, the Emily’s, Melissa, and more. To the graduate students from other fields who encouraged me and served as editors: Stephanie Downing and Jordan Cox—I could not have made it through grad school without you. Thank you to Lois who introduced me to Lizzie Bennet, my kindred spirit Kristina, and dear friend Julia. My thanks to Hannah Green for her endless enthusiasm about my work.
I would like to thank my family for all their support. Mom and dad, thanks for having me read aloud to you at night as a child. To both of my “squads”… Jeremiah and Melissa, your humor, encouragement, and love have meant the world to me. And to my closest friends—Rebekah Gilley and Cami Morrill—thank you for the times you have literally held my hand through this process: you are my stars.
My sincere gratitude to each of you!