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  1. WildeThing

    2019 Applicants

    I’m a 2018 cycle casualty. I applied to nearly 20 schools and came up empty. Trying to figure out where I went wrong but as we all know that’s not the easiest thing to do. I’m going to apply to fewer schools this time, around 12, some of which I’m gonna reapply but most will be new most likely. Luckily this time I got an IRT scholarship so I hope that will be the difference. I’m applying as an African Americanist with a focus on postbellum to WWII narrative and trauma. I have decided to not bother with the Subject test and am not retaking the GRE, so having already spent a year working on my sample and SoP, my main focus is researching schools and making sure I am picking them wisely. Still working on my list, currently have about 25-30 that I want to cut down (I’ll post them later in case anyone has any specifc advice). Good luck to everyone!
  2. They definitely did last year. Hey also required physical copies which is a pain. Could you source this? edit: nevemind, just saw the website. That’s great, hope other big schools follow suit.
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    Emeritus Involvement

    I have never even seen any emeriti faculty around at my last campus. I would avoid appealing to emeriti.
  4. NYU does this and offers 50-60% tuition to those passed on to the MA. Chicago also does this but overall I would caution against undertaking an unfunded MA, though this has been discussed at length on these boards.
  5. May I ask what you are basing this on? I knew Lacanian psychoanalysis was considered fairly 'old news' but not the extent you're describing.
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    How Important are Conferences?

    So, I love going to conferences and think they can be very useful. If you can go somewhere and present an idea you're considering for grad school, it can serve a s a good way to test it out (but also exposes you to academic theft). You can also meet people in your field who can make for good contacts or even friends, and if someone in a prospective school is presenting, this is the perfect way to meet them and see if they'd be interested in your work (go to their talk, ask a (good) question, and go up to them and say it was very interesting and introduce yourself and your work (but don't do this when asking your question)). As others have said, it is also a good way to see what academics are focusing on. On the flipside, I've found that often faculty who you might work with don't tend to go to conferences unless they're keynote speakers (less true for smaller schools, but usually established academics don't present at CFPed panels in my experience), though some specialized conferences might prove the opposite. Last year when I applied I had 1 poster presentation, 11 panel presentations, 2 roundtable presentations, and 8 panels/roundtables/workshops that I organized and/or chaired (in small and very large conferences), which from talking to other applicants seems to be a lot more than the norm, and I still got shut out. I don't think conferences, looked at as achievements, count for much. Conferences as the experiences they are and the opportunities they might present are worth more, assuming one can actually make the most of them (and I have gone to conferences that I have gained nothing from). Ultimately, if your school has funding to go to conferences, I would say use it up but spend nothing more. Don't go out of your way to attend a conference but if you can go without paying out of pocket, I'd recommend it.
  7. Same here, meaning I will definitely be returning to Europe. Just waiting on Oxford to put me out of my misery.
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    19th Century Americanist Roll Call

    I SOMEtimes say I’m interested in the turn of the century, don’t know if that is marketable or not though.
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    Primary instructor

    No, it’s a separate class.
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    Primary instructor

    So in my program pretty much everyone is a TA, only we don’t assist, we teach an entire class (some people more than one per semester). It just recently came to my attention that this might not be normal. Can anyone confirm that? How many TA positions involve being the primary instructor or at what stage do TAs shift from assisting to teaching (not that assisting isn’t teaching)?
  11. Your move-in date will depend on your visa, but they don’t usually allow you to come a long time before the program starts.
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    2018 Acceptances

    If I had to guess, they're waiting for MA candidates to reject or accept, so you might be on an invisible waitlist for the MA.
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    2018 Acceptances

    The PhD program cohort has been finalized from what i understood when talking to them by phone.
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    Rhet/Comp 2018

    I actually called myself and was told that “most but not all” decisions have been made and that we should be hearing back in one week or two. I asked if some acceptancs were pending and was told that some decisions have not been finalized. Personally I take this to mean that acceptances are out and they’re waiting on responses before finalizing rejections but who knows.
  15. I don't know if anyone else is waiting on UCLA, but I just called and they expect decisions to be sent out shortly (as vague as that might be). They said decisions are made on a rolling basis but that a majority would be sent out in the first round, through the portal. They expected to have them sent by now but the complications with the system pushed them back. So, ultimately, no real news.
  16. Both. English departments are the largest and many comparatists do some English. No matter what your languages are, you will prbably be hired to teach just one. Without comparative lit departments or specialists, why should you be hired over someone who has specialized in that language? Considering the different combinations that one could do with comp, what are the odds that you will be hired to work on the one you studied? Departments usually hire someone to teach or cover a specific area and being a comparatist will limit you. That said, I applied anyway because I wanted to and job prospects aren’t exactly good anyway, no matter what you do. Also, I doubt that a comparatist from Yale will starve.
  17. I’ve said this before, but one of my professors, who is an active and leading member of the ACLA, actively discouraged me from getting into comp lit because fewer and fewer unis are hiring comparatists.
  18. I am assuming it’s a ‘no’, especially since there’s a waitlist on the board.
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    2018 Acceptances

    Early modernist and americanist at the same time probably means the rest of us can move on, barring a waitlist.
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    2018 Acceptances

    In your SOP did you lean towards American or other?
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    2018 Acceptances

    Congrats! That's awesome.
  22. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘different’, can yo be more specific?
  23. RE: Columbia, just called and asked and was told “no decisions have been made, they are still deciding, in fact they are deciding right now” and that decisions should be sent in the next few weeks. My read from that is that they are meeting today to discuss them so I hope we start hearing things next week, but who knows.

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