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orphic_mel528 last won the day on March 2

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  1. This might be a helpful way to think about it: if a person came to you and said, "My MA is in literary studies and critical theory. I've never taken a single creative writing class, or I took one as an undergraduate and maybe one as a graduate student, but I want to pursue a PhD in creative writing," what would you say to that person? The ability to deploy theory to support novel arguments/ideas is central to success in a literature-focused graduate program. I can't speak about Rhet/Comp; I just don't know enough about how they function. With respect to a lit PhD: I would strongly advise taking some literature classes at a local university--ones that deal with critical theory and approach literature from an analytical/expository perspective instead of creative writing. Basically, in order for you to be competitive, you're going to have to demonstrate that you've had some preparation in critical theory and that you can produce critical writing. In addition to the classes, I would participate in as many conferences as I possibly could and see if I could get published as well.
  2. Every professor I have ever spoken to has advised never to go into debt for a PhD. However, your financial situation might be different enough that it wouldn't matter. If you already have student loan debt, I would not continue to accrue that. This is in part because of the uncertainty of the humanities job market post-grad; will you be able to afford to pay your loan payments every month?
  3. I think if it were me, I would ask School X to what extent you would be able to collaborate across departments. This was a specific concern of mine as well, because my intended research is interdisciplinary. Frankly, it sounds like that's your main concern about School X and that it otherwise presents a near-ideal opportunity for you. If I'm understanding correctly: I suggest sending an email to a professor in the department and asking them about interdisciplinary or intersubfield (I just made up that word) collaboration and support. Specifically, I might ask whether it's permissible, given the nature of your intended research, that your future dissertation advisors be composed of faculty from different departments. The answer will likely help you a great deal.
  4. I understand; it can be tough to decide, especially when all of them are offering you something appealing. Is this a situation like with dessert where you have three pieces of cake and they all look really good and you just can't decide between, or is it like...you're not sure what's in the cake or what factors you should use to decide between the cakes? If it's a matter of being unsure which factors you should consider, I have created this sub-standard flow chart for your perusal:
  5. I am a lover of all languages! So where are you at in the process? Are you preparing to apply to programs, or have you already applied? How's the season going for you?
  6. You can't prove that, Bill.
  7. Sami-sami ing forum iki preduli saka lapangan saka sinau. Yes? As one does. There is, after all, a lot of flavor in my glass.
  8. What Yanaka means is that it's the best thing that could've possibly happened to you, @kaleembogor.
  9. That's amazing. So much of foreign language studies focuses on the romantic languages, so it's refreshing to see someone have such a specialized focus. You'll probably find a lot of helpful info in this section of GC: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/39-languages/ Best of luck with your endeavors!
  10. Well, what is your field of study?
  11. Answer the question, Mr. Bogor. Are you or are you not an ichthyologist?
  12. This section of the forum is about sharing excitement, and I for one don't give a good goddamn if you're an ichthyologist. If you want to come here and share good news, you're welcome. Unfortunately, all we know about in a studies perspective is words, so if you need discussion about programs or funding, we can't support you there. Are you an ichthyologist? If so, what's your opinion of the biodiversity in Spongebob Squarepants, because it seems to me there's intermingling between fresh and saltwater species there and I'm not sure about the accuracy of that.
  13. I used it exclusively in my MA program.
  14. You can get the Olive on pre-order at any of the following: Baum-Kuchen Goulet Pens Two Hands Paperie And I haven't checked, but there's an Australian stationery shop called The Journal Shop. I bet they'd have it for pre-order as well. Happy hunting!