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    2017 Fall
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    Comparative Literature

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  1. I'm not a film studies student, but I would stress less. A 2.94 is definitely not great, but as long as you aren't expecting to get into a PhD program, which you said you aren't, then you're doing ok. MA programs tend to be for further development anyway. But, with a bad GPA, that does mean you're going to have to strengthen yourself in other areas. Look at programs that don't require the GRE. Explain in your SOP why you have a bad GPA. Also, if you're bad grades are only in courses not related to your field (or the program's field), then they will probably notice that. Have a kick-ass writing sample (that's a thing for film studies, right? Or do you mean making films?) Hopefully this helps!
  2. Hello! I'm sorry that no one has responded to you. My interests are also in the visual so I might be able to offer some info (hopefully). Chicago also has an interdisciplinary humanities MA program. It's one year and from what I heard, if you apply to a PhD program and don't get in they'll suggest you do that first. I think admission for that is offered in their suggestion, but not sure. As for PhD, have you considered UC Santa Cruz? They have a visual studies program as well. Most other interdisciplinary programs seem good (Stanford's MTL and Berkeley's Rhetoric), but that might just be my own opinion. That's all I have to offer off the top of my head, but if you want to PM me, we can chat!
  3. That sounds super fascinating. As someone who loves Gothic literature, I would love to read it. What specific theory sources did you use?
  4. @biyutefulphlower yes, I did, but I applied to their Comp Lit program. I have no idea about English
  5. Your thesis sounds amazing and super interesting and just from this aspect I can see why you got into ND! Congrats!
  6. Does anyone know anything about Davis? I saw on the results someone was also asking after "interviews in early February". Since I didn't hear anything about an interview, I'm guessing I got rejected....
  7. I've only heard back from one school so far, Oregon, and it was a rejection I'm still waiting to hear back from Stanford MTL and Berkeley's Rhetoric, besides Comp Lit at UC Davis and UT Austin. I expect Stanford and Berkeley will be rejections so I'm attempting to brace myself. I'm sorry about Brown. It looks like a good program. Where else are you waiting to hear from?
  8. Congratulations @KikiDelivery! I just finished by BA there. It's a really great school and campus
  9. @steve3020 I was mostly thinking in terms of narrative, and how narratives are meant to tell stories, but there's a reliance on power with discourse, and so some stories don't get told while others do - or else it changes how they are interpreted and then related. If that makes sense? Hopefully? eh...maybe I'm too in my head....But, anyway, I was also thinking about this grad seminar I took last spring and it was on the politics of form, covering narrative, poetry, cinema, and photography, and how these media/forms are used as political tools. For example, I read a chapter of this theory of poetry book on the relationship of elegy and national mourning/identity. It was really interesting and I think many disciplines (or at least those in the humanities) are exploring the politicization of these things. And welcome!
  10. Given my interest in narrative and the current interest in the politicizing (or maybe it's politics?) of different disciplines, I'll probably end up going in a similar direction (at least if I hope in getting a job in academia). But maybe my mind will entirely change in grad school, who knows! You sound super interesting, so if I end up getting accepted to Berkeley, we should be friends Good luck to you on the Fullbright MA front!
  11. My interests are a little divided...largely I'm interested in literary and visual narrative, centered mostly the novel and 17th-19th century painting. I'm particularly interested in questions on narrative space, interpretation of narrative, and the relationship between narrative and audience. And then I have generic interests of Gothic fiction, Boccaccio and the Boccaccian model of tales (the italian novella), and fairy tales.
  12. @Yanaka Good luck on the English MA's! Also, I never asked, what are your research interests?
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