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  1. To play devil's advocate, while there are problems distinct to Comparative Literature, I think there are some significant upsides as well. I'd also say it comes down to your personal goals & strategy, particularly in the long run. If you are dead set on working in a Comp Lit program after graduation, I don't think it's a wise decision—the same goes for smaller language departments. However, I can think of many recent hires in English departments who have come from Comp Lit. At Berkeley, for example, I think around 7-8 of our junior faculty members (a significant majority) have PhDs in
  2. I'm going to jump in and say that German is pretty huge in the period! You'll have a hard time avoiding Hegel and German Idealism, as evidenced by a text like Carlyle's Sartor Resartus. Likewise, if you have any interest in George Eliot you'll be hard pressed to avoid Feuerbach, since she translated much of his work into English. French is useful, of course, but I don't think it has nearly the same impact philosophically as German. Aside from Hegel and Feuerbach, we're talking Schiller, Kant, Goethe, Freud, Nietzsche...
  3. I'm not a Victorianist, but I know that they lost Andrew Miller to JHU a year or so ago, alongside Mary Favret (who is a Romanticist, but still a very significant loss). Obviously it remains a strong department for Victorian Studies, but I imagine they're doing a little bit of rebuilding right now.
  4. Officially declined PhD offers from JHU and Brown yesterday, as well as an MA offer from UBC. Hope this helps someone!
  5. I've also accepted my offer from Berkeley! Super excited about the program—it really felt right during the visit. @imogenshakes Glad to see you accepted the offer from Davis! You might have to take the train down to Berkeley for a seminar
  6. It's obviously not radically efficient, but I've found that going through dissertations on ProQuest—sorted by advisor/committee—gives you a fairly good idea of placement statistics, provided you do a little bit of google followup. Research quality is a lot harder to figure out, especially since it's subjective, but I try to follow the significant journals and imprints in my field. Special issues of journals and published roundtables are incredibly helpful (in my opinion) because they frame/are framed by immediate scholarly conversations. Obviously there will be bad and good work in each case,
  7. I was not able to attend, but it was scheduled for this week.
  8. Hi all, I expect to decline an offer from Brown this week.
  9. Not really, no. I don't know where you are getting your stats, but they have placed numerous grad in TT positions over past the past two years. And while CUNY does have some excellent faculty members, the quality of work of those at Harvard is pretty undeniable, at least in terms of pedigree. It's really not about frequency of publication; it's about the quality of journals and academic presses. Likewise, while Rhet-Comp and Digital Humanities are "hot," that doesn't necessarily translate to rankings. In particular, Rhet-Comp is not even always considered to be part of these rankings, which ar
  10. You can follow me if you can find me I think I've probably left enough of a paper trail here...
  11. PhD or MA? And are these American programs? If the second choice is asking for any sort of decision by March 15 (and they're American) it's pretty fucked up. The standard April 15th date exists for a good reason—diverging from it to add undue pressure to admitted students is shitty and you should email them saying that (in a more formal manner, of course). That being said, you could also email the first choice and tell them about the second—it could potentially force their hand on acceptance and funding. Either way though, second choice is, uh, not behaving well. If you accepted them now a
  12. One sort of counterintuitive piece of advice I'll give is JOIN TWITTER. There is a fantastic academic community, and it has definitely helped me keep up with changes in the field. Follow scholars, journals, departments, other organizations, etc. I've been on the platform for a few years now, and though I won't try to make some sort of causal connection between that and my acceptances, I've definitely come in contact with some great scholars, and also given access to some rad (otherwise paywalled) resources. Some newer journals and organizations (V21, Post45, and postmedieval—for example) also
  13. I tried to be fairly practical & straightforward. So essentially I gave a brief description of my research interests, aligned them with the work of the POI in question, and then asked if they were available to work with students/whether they felt the program would be a good fit for me. There's no need to go overboard—really you just want to portray yourself as engaged & amiable.
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