First deadline: after tomorrow... Thank God it's a Mideast studies department!
Okay, here's the deal: I'm applying to two Middle Eastern Studies, one Cultural Studies and three Comp Lit programs. My current writing sample is on a poem in colloquial Egyptian Arabic by an Egyptian poet. It's related to my research interests, ties in nicely with my SoP, touches on interdisciplinary perspectives... But it's not comparative. I want to submit a commentaire comparé to Comp Lit programs.
I did a close-reading of a French poem a month ago, and now I'm thinking I could turn it into a longer, comparative paper. Deadlines are January 2 and 10 for Comp Lit programs. My finals start in less than 2 weeks; orals are on the 29th, and written exams start January 9, which means I should start studying for them, uh, right about now. And yet I'm going to finish my current paper tomorrow, then start translating and expanding on the close-reading one, and adding another analyzed text to it.
Am I crazy? Probably.
Save me from myself.