“I can’t believe I am doing my PhD at last”
My PhD – by Talaat Mohanned Hasan Montash (Professor of English Literature)
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN AUOL?
In 2011 I tried to enhance my reading in literature and make use of all time spent in criticism, drama, novels, poetry and short stories. I researched online to find a suitable university until a “EURICA” moment appeared in the name of AUOL. I emailed and got on the spot answers to all my queries. What astonishes me is the financial issues which I have not found elsewhere. When I email or call , I get at once someone to help me , they are all optimistic giving hope to better education , degrees and information.
WHAT IS IT LIKE?
From the outset, I was clear about the topic of my thesis and directly AOUL put me on the run “go” with supervisors and tutors. So overwhelmingly was the joy that seized me as my ambition was unbridled and unconstrained. I presented my topic and got all necessary information to build up a thesis conforming to international academic criteria. From the “Dedication” of my thesis to the “references” I got the guidelines and the titles of references which after devouring sharpened my wits.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF THE COURSE?
I think I didn’t face hard parts in the course for two reasons. First, I planned it well and worked it hard. Second, my tutors used to shed light on every dark side, they taught me how to find the cue for every possible question.
WHY CHARLOTTE BRONTE?
Charlotte Bronte, the core of the thesis was encyclopedic. She was stimulated and inspired by reading Byron’s poetry, the holy books, Sir Walter Scott’s novels and poems, W.U Thackeray’s , Henry Fielding’s , Blackwood’s Magazine and The Lady Magazine. When Charlotte was not engaged in domestic duties, she used to read whatever she could lay her hands on. This is clear in her works. In Jane Eyre, She quoted from, hinted and referred to the Bible, The Arabian Nights, one or more works of Francis Bacon, Thomas Berwick, James Thomson, Samuel Richardson, Henry Brook, Goldsmith, Jonathan Swift, Lord Byron, George Combe, King Charles 1, Albert Cusp, George 111, Thomas Moore, Shakespeare, John Dryden, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Charlotte’s readings distinguished her as a great novelist whose works are still the panacea and elixir for the refinement of literary tastes and for readers to wend their way through exquisite styles in quest for truthfulness and enjoyment. In her writings she used dialects, folklore, poetry, religion, mythologies, legends , history, geography, Latin, French and German showing her efficiency as a supreme, unique and unequalled writer
*Her style in all her works is compact and poetic. Her choice of words is appropriate to the sense .In dialogues the words are natural and appropriate to the speaker. (Diction) Her rhythmic structures contribute to the emotional impact of the passages. (Rhythm) Charlotte gives meaning and richness to her work through her use of metaphors, similes and pictorial language (imagery).
WHAT IS THE PART YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE MOST?
The part I have enjoyed most is the two scenes in which Jane returns to an earlier home to discover changes in both herself and those she has known. From Thorn field she returns back to the deathbed of Mrs. Reed, and from Moor House she returns back to Thorn field to find it demolished. Why did she leave the two places? When did she return and why? What changes did she see? What actions did she take? Why did she not live again in either?
DO YOU EVER THINK “I can’t believe I am doing my PhD at last”!
I am used to believing in God, in destiny, in fate. I dreamed of being awarded the PhD in English literature. I prayed God day and night, year after year equipping myself with all literary trends and techniques. I prayed to find a place in a reputable university to find at last AOUL and to be awarded the hoped for degree.
WHAT VALUE WOULD YOU PUT ON YOUR PHD?
My PhD is of great value as it deals with never ending social issues: marriage and economics, independence and gender status, determinism and forbearance, romance and reality, superstition and religion, dreams and vision, financial and emotional dimensions in the development of any character in any community.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR OVERALL EXPERIENCE AT AUOL?
The experience is living, lovely, and loving, wherever I go, I feel AOUL in my heart, the university which turns a dream into a real fact, an imagination into a realization. The supervisors are so helpful and inspiring giving the feedback without which this thesis could have never been a success. If ever I did a good deed in my life, if ever I thought a good thought, if ever I prayed a sincere and blameless prayer, if ever I wished a righteous wish, I feel I am rewarded by being an AUOL PhD graduate.