Just a quick update.
Finished the first draft of the essay on A Summer of Drowning last week and it came in just under the limit – at about 5800 words. As predicted, I had to leave out the discussion of Ryvold and Angelica, but I think the more experimental ending incorporates those perspectives on desire and prevents the work from becoming simply a binary analysis. I’ve been lucky enough to have had some offers to comment on the draft, so I’ll wait for some feedback before I begin polishing.
In the meantime, I’ve started work on the Glister piece. I’m lacking a preliminary title, but I think Eliot’s The Waste Land will prove a useful intertext. I’m tempted to divide the piece into sections – to mirror the structure of the novel and the poem – but that’s never really suited my writing so I’ll have to see how it goes.
Longer update when I have a more concrete outline of the next piece.