Kierkegaard Research & Writing

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Raised by 25 people in 45 months
Meghan Florian  DURHAM, NC
This June I am headed to St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota for two weeks to begin work on my next long-term project, a work of literary nonfiction that will be part personal narrative, part commentary and criticism, focused on selected works of Søren Kierkegaard.

As an independent scholar, I have no institutional backing when I take on projects like this. Essentially I take a two week unpaid “vacation” to go to Northfield and work on my own project. The Kierkegaard Library generously gives me a place to stay, which is a big part of what makes these study trips feasible. As you might imagine, though, it is not enough to make up for the loss of income and the cost of travel, and there is always a part of me that wonders when I will simply have to give it up. At the same time, undertaking serious, sustained research while juggling my “day jobs” is also becoming more and more unrealistic. One thing I know from past experience is that the work I can accomplish in two weeks at St. Olaf would take me months at home.

And so, I am asking for help. You read my writing (or at least I imagine you do, or else you wouldn’t be on this page right now). You enjoy the fruits of my labor as a writer, much of which I give away freely online.

Can you help me keep at it? I am raising funds to help cover the basics: airfare, food, and a small stipend. Think of it as a community funded artist grant.

While I am at St. Olaf, you can expect daily dispatches at Selfies on Life’s Way (tinykierkegaard.tumblr.com ), where I will share photos and quotations from what I’m discovering. I will also be writing a longer report from the field at the end of each week on my main blog, femmonite.com , sharing in greater depth about what I’ve been reading that week.

Everyone who contributes, regardless of amount, will get a personalized shout-out from Tiny Kierkegaard (pictured) at Selfies on Life’s Way.

Thank you, as always, for all the ways your support my work.
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Update 3
Posted by Meghan Florian
44 months ago
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We did it! THANK YOU, everyone! As promised, my Kierkegaard essay from the BYU conference is now available for your perusal and intellectual delight over on the blog: http://www.femmonite.com/2015/05/thinking-against-oneself-kierkegaards.html

Thank you, thank you, thank you...I can't say it enough times. Love to all,

Meghan
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Update 2
Posted by Meghan Florian
45 months ago
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Thank you to everyone who has contributed!

As further incentive for those still considering a contribution, and as a thank you to everyone, once I have reached my funding goal, I will publish my essay "Thinking Against Oneself: Kierkegaard's Godly Satire and the Art of Nonfiction," on my blog. This essay was presented at the Kierkegaard and the Present Age conference in November 2013, and I think it's about time it saw a wider readership.

Again, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
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Posted by Meghan Florian
45 months ago
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Thank you for your support, everyone! If you are interested in reading something I wrote about Kierkegaard in the past, here is a link to an article I wrote a while back about Works of Love and the film "To the Wonder": http://www.profligategrace.com/?p=1394
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Raised by 25 people in 45 months
Created April 20, 2015
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RK
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Ruby Lou King
44 months ago
$50
Anonymous
44 months ago
BF
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BJ Fusaro
44 months ago

Love you Meghan!

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Anonymous
44 months ago
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Anonymous
44 months ago
TN
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Thea Neal
44 months ago

Yay! So glad you are building in time to write and continue researching at Camp Kierkegaard this summer.

EG
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Elyse Gustafson
44 months ago

I wanna read that essay!

KF
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Kate Flynn
44 months ago

Sorry, friend, for being so late. I honestly thought I'd 1.) missed my opportunity and 2.) that you'd been fully funded. Happy that 1 was wrong; sad that so is 2. Anyway, hope this helps!

LF
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Linda Fox
45 months ago

Looking to more great postings!! Have a productive time in MN.

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45 months ago
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