The Other Side

A student is proposing to write one of hir comprehensive exams with me. I have a vivid memory of preparing comps bibliographies when I was a grad student. In preparing for comprehensive exams, the student drafts a bibliography of key historical and contemporary work related to each subject area. Then, the faculty for each subject area make suggestions on revising the bibliography. Having to draft your own bibliography is a lot like having to pick your own switch. It's good to be on the other side.