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  1. yeah, not the most expected move. I think it may have been because of non-academic reasons but I don't know... I'm totally out of my realm here, but OP may also want to investigate Ramzi Fawaz, at UW-Madison...
  2. Hillary Chute is actually at Northeastern now, though Chicago remains a good place for visual culture and contemporary lit.
  3. Sorry, but nobody should be spending 2 grand on an application cycle. That's just insane to me. That's like twice of what my monthly income was when I was applying. Application fees can be waived if money is a real issue in some cases, and you shouldn't be applying to more than 8 or 9 programs anyway. Also not everyone requires the GRE Lit -- I couldn't afford it, so I didn't take it and didn't even consider programs that required it once I realized I couldn't take it. Also, most schools don't have triple digit application fees. The highest I paid was $75; the lowest was $25 (shoutout to Fordh
  4. Yes. Asking a current grad student in your field might also be helpful (and perhaps more candid).
  5. This is a becoming an issue too. I'm at a private university that has no rhet/comp and the lack of teaching experience in this program (compared to state schools anyway) combined with upcoming budget cuts is one of my biggest concerns looking forward to the job market. The program is notorious for its grueling academics but a result of that is that it also has a reputation for producing people who can't teach "regular" people. This is one of those problems that more traditionally "prestigious" programs haven't really figured out and actually why, I think, some schools with lower rankings than
  6. Hey y'all. Haven't been on here in a minute but good to see familiar names! I totally agree with Romanista on this question: in short, no, it doesn't seem to be at all worth it to try and predict what jobs, if any, will be around in 6 or 8 or 10 years from now in English. First of all, re: job market anxieties at large and the "humanities phd problem," this is the best article I've read recently on the subject (which I admit has become a rather stale one for me): https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/phd-students-irrational/#! . What it helps speak to is the fact that these problems a
  7. So I'm late to the boat on all this. I'm only just finishing my "first year" and about to start a summer language session... ugh... I would emphasize the "to some degree" in this statement, realizing that this can vary so much and can be easier/more felicitous with different periods of interest. As much as I was told on this forum and by members of my department when I was visiting that I would get to "explore" and be able to change my research interest, toying with other fields/theoretical approaches/time periods over this last year made me realize how much I had already anchored myse
  8. IMHO UC Irvine would be well worth looking at too. Arlene Keizer does postmodern black feminist lit (haven't read her but she looks like she does interesting work). Also, Irvine has Frank B. Wilderson III in their drama department and Jared Sexton in their Film and Media Studies and African American Studies departments, both of whom are doing really interesting work in both Black Studies and Film.
  9. I don't think it's expected or even necessary. If you have a specific question and/or are unsure about how your research goals/interests would be accommodated, emailing a POI can be productive way of 'sending out feelers' for a program you're considering sinking money into applying to spend more than half a decade of your life in. I think, of the schools I actually ended up applying to, I only contacted POIs at two, which includes the one I ended up at. I was very unsure about whether this program would be at all accommodating for research in my field, and emailing POIs here helped convince me
  10. You should probably check out Northwestern. They have some great C18 people, a couple of whom do international/transatlantic work (Rebecca Johnson, Kelly Wisecup). I also feel like UMN is a really good place to be doing poco-anything, though I can't think of anyone there specifically doing that with C17/18.
  11. I'm having difficulty telling whether you're teaching now or not, so please forgive me if I'm just stating the obvious here. poliscar is right re: teaching university, but getting an MA in lit (assuming one can do this without incurring an excessive amount of debt) is not a bad thing to have under your belt if you want to teach high school, and would allow you to apply for some lower level college teaching jobs as well. Having an MA and a MAT (I think) would actually make you pretty desirable for teaching high school English, and just the MA would give you an edge for private/charter scho
  12. Rydra Wong is a dope username. And I think Wyatt's right. My inclination is that it won't be the focus of your application, though it can't hurt to mention it on your CV and brush up so you can take a reading exam to fulfill a language requirement once you're in. My program just emphasizes reading knowledge, and many C20 people don't enter with a foreign language here (tbh they're often the loudest complainers about the requirement, though :p). You could consider picking up Karl Sandberg's French For Reading (ISBN: 978-0133316032) if you want to brush up on reading academic French.
  13. Yes. Apply to schools with the cash to fund you well as an international student (i.e., contact current international students at places you're interested in). Yes. Computational-anything is valuable, and growing. Many schools are investing in this kind of work. Look into places that are good for Digital Humanities, like Stanford and UChicago. Don't limit yourself because you're international, apply to places where people are doing the kind of work you want to do and apply to places with the money to invest in you (you're international, so you cost more to fund equally, but you do huma
  14. This is something that's been touched on in a lot of threads, though they don't tend to go anywhere as their own dedicated ones. 2. Yes. It's really not uncommon to go straight to a Ph.D. from a B.A. in literature, or most humanities fields for that matter. My cohort is about 50/50 people who came in with MAs and those who didn't. I'd say it doesn't greatly disadvantage you, but it's probably wise to apply to at least one or two MA programs and inspect the MA programs at the schools you apply to (in the case you are offered admission into an MA program at a school where you applied for th
  15. Here's useful list of stuff for accessing books/articles/resources even if you don't have access to university research resources: https://thelitcritguy.com/2016/05/02/smash-the-paywalls/ Dude's twitter account is worth following too. The list leaves off Library Genesis, a great resource for getting your hands on pricy academic texts. Academia.edu might also be helpful, as scholars will often upload their own papers on there; though some are definitely more active than others on the site. For your subject area, you should definitely be buffing up on theory (lib gen is great fo
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