why isn't your research and writing novel? everyone knows that your work is, but why isn't it? what is its context, from what is it derived, and as such, why isn't it novel?
as a contextualist, i find it hard to say my work is novel, because all of is it is derivative, even my new ideas i view as caused by the relation of other ideas in my head and i usually very quickly see that they are derivative and not necessarily novel. to say that i've necessarily done some great and new for me is to ignore history to some extent. so why is your work novel?