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"Research Thesis" Writing Sample vs. "Close-Reading of Text" Sample
Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:25 AM
I am currently facing a small dilemma in selecting an appropriate writing sample for a PhD program in Romance Literatures. I will obtain a B.A. this May. Sample may be up to 20 pages. Currently, I have two possible writing sample choices:
(1) the first twenty pages from my current Honors thesis (out of 80 pages) on a unique topic has not garnered much attention from within the scholarly community. This excerpt has 37 outside sources, cites a multitude of works, and offers much commentary; however, it is more of a "general" overview of literary works with lots of historical contextualisations than honed-in textual analyses.
(2) twenty pages of a "close-reading" of a work of literature that orbits a question given by a professor of mine. There are 17 outside sources; however, the majority of citations are from the particular work assigned to us. The analyses are more specific (to the one novel) and demonstrate a solid unpacking of the book.
Given that PhD programs are typically more "research bent," would it be advisable to send the Honors thesis sample rather than the close-reading one? Or would a PhD program (especially one in literature) prefer a writing sample that demonstrates mastery of one particular text at the expense of fewer outside sources?
Any opinions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much in advance for your help and enlightening suggestions!!
Posted 05 December 2011 - 05:53 AM
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