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  1. I don't know tons about who is doing work on beat poetry, though I have read that in a few of the contemporary lit professors' interests I've seen. I just can't remember which schools those professors worked for, but I would suggest looking online for people who have written on the beat poets you're interested in recently and cross-referencing that with where they work. Hopefully it's an R1 school with a good grad program in English. But, I'm also coming here with some more helpful advice than that. Geographically, one of the best places to go for beat poetry would obviously be California
  2. Some standard SOP advice for MA students is to show that you are both critically engaged and teachable. It isn't as important to map out a proposed project as it is to tell a compelling story about you and your academic interests. Most adcomms recognize and maybe even expect your area of interest or project to change. You might think of what makes you unique as an applicant and why you're interested in southern lit, and then tell a story through your SOP that highlights your academic and maybe even personal engagement with that kind of literature. What theoretical approaches have you use
  3. It seems like a hard test to prepare for. Really, I think that the best preparation is a good, generalist program in English literature. Like, taking a broad range of classes. There's also a bit of luck involved, in that if you're a Romanticist and there's a lot of Romanticism questions, then you're golden. If not, it's harder to get a good grade. I didn't prepare at all, but took the test in the same year that I took Medieval, Romanticism, Theory, 19th-c. American, and Shakespeare grad courses and I got a 75th percentile, which isn't great or anything, but it's better than my 59th perce
  4. This might be because they haven't graduated any in the past while, or because some decided not to pursue TT jobs or something like that. I'm not necessarily looking for anything negative. This could also be a good place to talk about what a great program IU is, too
  5. Can somebody from/considering IU-Bloomington talk a little bit about their program? How is the health of their Victorian Studies program? They of course are considered one of the best in that field, but they don't seem to have placed many Victorianists in the past few years.
  6. Also, to reiterate what most have said: the Purdue MA cohorts were likely great individual candidates. Going to a school with good mentorship is important, but guarantees nothing. As has already been stated: somebody got in to Yale from Alabama. This is precisely because where you got your MA doesn't really matter. You as an individual candidate is what matters. Rank doesn't matter. Go where you can be reasonably well-supported and happy (it sounds like you would be happy at Alabama or Purdue, but you would have a support system at Alabama, which is not an insignificant consideration), and don
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