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    2014 Fall
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    English/Comp Lit/Interdisciplinary

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  1. UChicago! I've already steeled myself against the 5-10 months of apocalyptic froze wasteland.
  2. Hi Ivan – I thought the program seemed really interesting, but at the end of the day I felt more comfortable calling an English Department my home-base. Haven't chosen yet, but am deciding between Chicago and Columbia, each of which allows for a good deal of second-language work. Seeing that Rancière is visiting this semester certainly tempted me to keep the offer open... Good luck on your choices – turning down the Romance Studies Department was incredibly difficult!
  3. I just don't think this – that it's a popularity contest – or what you have said about the LORs are all that true, from what professors tell me about the process and from what I have been told by professors from the schools where I have been accepted. No one mentioned my recommenders to me, and I didn't have big names writing for me (I thought about it – I have a good enough relationship with two professors who are much bigger names at my MFA program – but in the end it was more important to have professors who could speak about my class role and my writing). I've posted this before: the
  4. Why, exponential, my apologies! Had I known I would elicit such a response, questioning my very personhood and interests and knowledge, I would never have so glibly compared Ayn Rand to a pile of bricks floating in the air, or written Nozick in all-caps. I'll be a bit more clear and non-jokey, because Libertarianism is serious! Ayn Rand: Just a terrible writer, but she doesn't deserve to be on this list, so I apologize. Future TAs and instructors should definitely read her; she's really useful for teaching writing. Nozick: I don't want to be a bad scholar! I never meant to dismiss
  5. [Obligatory note: Ayn Rand, as a stylist and a philosopher, is utterly worthless. "Breezy"?? Maybe in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sense: "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't." And why the hell are people talking seriously about Libertarianism? OR NOZICK???] Over the last couple of years, I've read a number of books I think I could have skipped. None more than Ian Bogost's Alien Phenomenology, which was wholly terrible and began my quick exit from the Speculative Realism/OOO fad. The second one I'll mention is one I had such high expectations for after
  6. I too applied for Comp Lit at Cornell -- they emailed me early in February to say they moved my application over to Romance Studies/French and accepted me there (I declined the offer last week). The email I received said they were accepting very few people into Comp Lit, so I'd be surprised if more offers are going out. As a general note, and for people like exponentialdecay considering applying to Cornell, the Romance Studies Department seems really awesome. It is a very flexible department, as well, and assured me I could travel between languages/discourses.
  7. But this isn't a thread about the "job market." That's the problem. This is a thread about not pursuing a humanities degree because of the job market. One started after acceptances and rejections to the grueling admissions process have started coming in. A thread on jobs, fine. A thread on even doing the thing you've been spending countless hours preparing for? It's the depths of unthinking paternalism. Of course, it doesn't have to be. There are great conversations to be had, even about whether or not to continue on to a phd. I know more than a few grad students who talk about leaving ac
  8. I had a gif up that accurately conveyed my thoughts about this. But instead I'll just say: no one should enter this process unless four or five actual human beings have actually said to that person, "oh a literature phd, how will that give you food." I don't retract my initial "snark," but will say this is not anxiety producing – I just think the initial post was utterly facile.
  9. So just to be clear: you came to a message board full of people applying to English/Rhetoric/Comparative Literature PhD programs and decided that, now, in March, 5 months after applying, you will remind us of the news no one doesn't know and repeat to us the websites and stats our loved ones, family members, and friends harp to us constantly? Do you have a Kickstarter page so I can fund you to push kids off swings while telling them Santa doesn't exist?
  10. I'll try to give some particulars on my case. I applied to 4 English PhD programs and a couple interdisciplinary/comp lit programs and received 2 top tier offers in English and 1 offer in French (Columbia and Chicago, and Cornell, respectively. Might as well mention them since I posted them previously). I applied while completing an MFA in poetry (in a program that is "studio-academic," meaning I got to take a ton of grad-level English courses) and received my BA from Northwestern in philosophy and english/creative writing (and have the undergrad debt to prove it). Took two years off in b
  11. Hi andromache – I wanted to reply to this since it fits with something I was discussing with a friend who is a PhD in English at Maryland. Your situation is certainly frustrating, and I totally resonate with your desire to be in academia and your feeling that that's where your strengths are, where your passions are, etc. But here's the important point: are you ready to return to this Exact position in 5-7 years? By which I mean, are you ready to work hard on something you love, and then, after graduating with a degree, not having a job in academia? Or will that be the absolute pits? M
  12. As a different sort of response to this question (and I too am against the notion of unfunded MAs): take into consideration that a lot of students get offered this consolation prize. That is to say, unlike funded MAs, that read your application and accept you as a student who they, the program and the professors, want to work with, an unfunded MA accepts you as "someone who might pay for this." Now that might be a bit extreme, but I believe it's closer to reality: unfunded MAs look for students who meet less-personalized criteria, and that level of engagement with the faculty/program won'
  13. Just came back home to see an email of acceptance for Columbia. Super excited.
  14. I think I count as half an Americanist? I intend to follow Wallace Stevens into "avant-garde" American poetry while mapping that development onto its influences and resonances within 20th Century French poetry (maybe a little 19th, with Mallarme). So transatlantic modernism, primarily poetry, primarily the avant-garde/shit that makes no sense. Currently working on Francis Ponge's La Bougie, its English translation(s), and how it itself translates material, real candles. Which doesn't sound all that American now that I say it...
  15. I'll hazard an experience-based answer here. I've been fortunate to receive an offer from a top ranked program. I am not fluent in French, but nearly fluent, and I have not published a paper. But these questions get to a more fundamental point to all of this: The stats aren't the deciding factors. I know we compare GREs (I never took the subject test) and GPAs and if big name profs write our letters and how many papers etc, but after watching a number of application seasons during my MFA at Maryland, and after speaking with a professor about one of my current options, it's become so
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