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  1. Waiting shouldn't count against you too much with a couple of caveats. You will need to stay in contact with people who can write letters of recommendation for you. If they are unable to write convincing letters drawing on specific examples of your academic performance because it's been too long since you were in their classes, then that will hurt your application. In my experience it's not uncommon for people to enter a PhD program in their mid-30s. If you're significant;y older than that though, there is a possibility you will face some degree of ageism. Read, read, and read some more. If you can publish in a top journal in the field, then sure go for it. But it probably won't be worth your time to try publishing in a less regarded journal. If you're near a university with a graduate program, then auditing or taking classes as a postbac could certainly be useful (and also would allow you to have more recent letters of rec from professors in the field). You might also look and see if their are conferences nearby to which you can submit a proposal. Start thinking about your writing sample early. Most people spend countless hours polishing theirs, so take advantage of your longer time frame and get an early start. Once you have a draft, have as many people look at it as possible. See above about reading. Once you have an idea of what sorts of literature you're interested in, start writing scholarship on that literature. That will give you an idea of what sort of research is currently being done. You're apt to find that some critical discussions interest you more than others. Focus on those. At a certain point, you will hopefully start to see areas where the scholarship seems insufficient on a certain point or theoretical perspectives from one discussion are being ignored in another discussion where they seem to be relevant. Pursuing those threads will help to define a project. (You don't necessarily need a fully defined project upon entering an American PhD program, but you will need to demonstrate to the admissions committee that you understand current critical discussions and can propose ways to engage with them fruitfully). P.S. I'm also someone who has also transitioned from philosophy to literary studies. It can take some time getting used to the discourse, but the analytical tools from philosophy will certainly come in handy.
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    Congrats! UCR is a great program with some very nice people.
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    It was publicly reconfirmed two years ago by LA Paul (see first comment here: https://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2017/03/against-secret-waitlists-in-phd-admissions.html) Paul, of course, is no longer at UNC, but the policy is likely still in place.
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    2019 Applicants

    Here you are: https://gradschool.duke.edu/about/program-statistics (scroll down to find Literature, but you're right about 7 admitted, 2 matriculated) Duke is impressively transparent about admissions numbers which is appreciated.
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    Stipened Database

    This is a little bit dated by now but there's a fair amount of (self-reported) information about stipends/funding for philosophy grad programs here: https://philosophyadmissions.wordpress.com/funding/
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    Visit Dates?

    To be clear, by scheduled I mean that the dates were decided on. That still leaves a lot of scheduling of specific events, ordering catering, reserving rooms, etc. to be done. It often doesn't feel like that haha. But perhaps you're right.
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    Visit Dates?

    For a department to run efficiently, it's got to think pretty far in advance (some are better at this than others). I'm betting they know when visit days are even if it's not publicly available yet. My department had their's scheduled at the beginning of fall semester. Most programs have specific visit days when they attempt to get all their recruits to visit. A handful schedule visits individually (although this is probably rarer in English since cohorts are larger). If you can't make the official visit time, they will often work with you to schedule a time when you can visit. If a PhD program won't offer to reimburse you for a visit and organize lodging, that's probably a red flag (unless your on the wait list, which is a different ball game).
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    Looking for Dual Philosophy/Psychology PhD Programs

    WUSTL has a philosophy/psychology/neuroscience PhD program: https://pnp.artsci.wustl.edu/graduate
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    2019 Graduate Entrants

    It's usually fine to get a second MA as long as it's in a different field. So moving from an English or a theology MA to one in philosophy wouldn't pose any problems. However, it's typically not permitted to earn a second MA in the same field. So if you already have a philosophy MA, they wouldn't admit you to get another one.
  10. Alternative idea: give Garamond a try. It's an academically and professionally acceptable font, that in my opinion is more attractive than times new roman. And 12 point Garamond is slightly smaller than 12 point times new roman.
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    Sop Draft 3 - This Time Its Personal

    How exactly does this connect to your proposed research interests? Are you just drawing a parallel between communications issues today and the problems of communication in modernist literature? If so, I think the connection is too strained to bother with. Spend your time on more clearly articulating your project instead. If there's more to the connection, you need to make that clear, because right now it isn't. This needs to be a lot more specific. I'm not really sure what you mean by "connecting" or "understanding." If these terms are central to your project, you need to be clear about what you mean by them. Which decontructionist ideas? Derrida had many. His ideas were also often abstract and not directly pertinent to literature, so how do you intend to use/apply them? Also, Derrida and Deconstruction aren't in vogue today like they once were. So, if this is your approach, it may make sense to justify this theoretical framework. Has deconstruction never been applied to American modernism? That would surprise. If it has, how did you situate your work in relation to what others have done and how do you plan to build on/go beyond what is already out there? What do you mean by diversity? Racial? Ethnic? Religious? Linguistic? Intellectual? Gender? Sexual? And how does diversity play into the expansive scholarship regarding modernism and the atomization of the individual in modern society (which seems to be what you're getting at)? Also, whose voices need to be heard? The authors you mention? Their characters? The readers? The contemporary world? And if it's the latter, you need to make clear why literature from 100 years ago is ripe to make contributions to understanding today's world. For better or worse, most PhD programs aren't admitting people based on their experience or enjoyment teaching. Save that for your CV. Is the university your applying to in SoCal? If not, why are you discussing California? Don't talk about why you're prepared to succeed at any school, talk about why you're prepared to succeed at this school. Also, success doesn't work the same way in grad school. It's less about doing well in classes and more about becoming a scholar who can meaningfully contribute to one's field. Show why that's you.
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    Thoughts on Chances (Futile Anxiety)

    Your stats are such that they won't keep you out of anywhere. That, of course, is not a guarantee of anything. It'll come down to writing sample, SOP, fit, and what the admissions committee had for breakfast on the day they review your file. Polish as much as you can but don't lose too much sleep over it. It will be out of your hands very soon.
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    Religion and... Programs

    What are your goals in getting a PhD? My sense is that it would be difficult to get a job in an English department with a degree from a religious studies program. Whereas if you were clearly focusing on religion and literature, then it would be more plausible that you'd be competitive for a religion and literature position in a religious studies departments. Of course, there aren't all that many of the latter sorts of jobs to begin with. That being said, you probably shouldn't make your decision purely based on job prospects (they're not great in either field). The question then would be in which department does the sort of research you wish to pursue make more sense? From the description you give, it sounds like you're more of a literary scholar who is interested in religious and theological issues as they appear in literature. If that's the case, I think it's certainly plausible to pursue that sort of research agenda in an English department. One thing I would suggest doing is finding scholars whose work is similar to the sort of thing you would like to do and see what sorts of departments they're in and what sorts of departments they got their PhDs from. One final note: my sense is that most people entering a religious studies PhD program already have a masters. In an English department, on the other hand, it's not uncommon for people to enter with just a BA.
  14. There's a French for reading book that's been recommended on these boards (maybe in the languages section?). If you search around, you can probably find it.
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    Advice on choosing my third recommender?

    Honestly, given that the programs you list aren't really literature programs in a traditional sense, having someone from outside of English could likely work to your advantage. So, if that's going to be the stronger letter to boot, I'd say go for it.

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