Louisa May Alcott and Womanhood: A Summary of My Findings

I had originally wanted to look at Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with children. I wanted to know why a woman who has never had children of her own focused so much on childrearing in her novels. However, as I progressed into my research, I found that this was only part of a bigger issue. Therefore, I shifted my focus onto her attitude towards gender.

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Overview of the Research Process

I haven’t been as regular in my blog updates. However, I do want to give an overview of my entire research process and how it went as opposed to how I thought it would go.

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Almost There

It’s just the finishing touches now, the last few edits here and there. I’m making sure all my citations are correct, and everything is in place. Aside from that, I am finished.

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Writing Process

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but when ideas come, you have to take advantage.

I’ve been writing for a few days now. My final project is an exploratory essay, and because I’ve never written one before, the outline alone took three days. However, I’m hammering away on the first draft of my essay now, and I’m really enjoying actually presenting on my own views of everything I read.

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Digging through the Archives

Two weeks ago, I went up to Boston to look around the archives at Harvard’s Houghton Library. We arrived on a Monday night, and I read from Tuesday to Thursday. And I do mean from Tuesday to Thursday. Those three mornings, at around 9:45 AM, I checked in at Houghton. After lockering everything except my laptop, phone, and chargers, I was buzzed into the “Reading Room” where I sat and read until 5 in the evening.

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