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  1. Hi, everyone. For relatively low financial cost, I'm currently doing a two-year M.A. in North American studies in Germany while also learning German on the side. I saw the M.A. as a place where I could further develop my research interests, strengthen my writing, and learn a second foreign language in the event that I do want to continue with a CompLit PhD in the U.S. With that said, I'm beginning to regret my decision a bit given the large classes sizes, lack of contact with the professors, and lack of rigor that I expected in graduate school. Thus far, it only seems like a recapitulatio
  2. For relatively low financial cost, I'm currently doing a two-year M.A. in North American studies in Germany while also learning German on the side. I saw the M.A. as a place where I could further develop my research interests, strengthen my writing, and learn a second foreign language in the event that I do want to continue with a CompLit PhD in the U.S. With that said, I'm beginning to regret my decision a bit given the large classes sizes, lack of contact with the professors, and lack of rigor that I expected in graduate school. Thus far, it only seems like a recapitulation of undergrad--alb
  3. First of all, thank you for taking the time to write a thorough response. To answer your question, what I imagine doing is this: I formulate some sort of research question or thesis (e.g. The physical environment of post-industrial London has a deterministic affect on characters in X's novel; this can be read as a social critique on 20th century England, notably the rise of automation). I would either formulate this question w/ a professor, or I would approach the professor w/ it already formed. Then, with their guidance, I would use journal articles, maybe primary sources, theoret
  4. I'm a third-year studying abroad for a year in Europe, and next year I'd like to apply for grad school, specifically funded MA programs. However, in order to have a strong application, I know I need strong letters and a strong writing sample. To those aims, I think it's important I do some undergraduate research this year -- and if not this year, beginning next year. However, I'm a bit unsure of how to approach this. In order to do independent research at my university, you have to get a faculty member to sponsor you. But I don't have any particularly close relationships with faculty. Yes, I'v
  5. Hi all, I'm a third-year studying literature at a lower-tier UC, and I'm thinking about grad school, though frankly I'm a little lost, so I'd appreciate some input from those more experienced. I'd like to get a terminal MA both because I'm too lost -- meaning, I don't know what I want to specialize in, what my research strengths are, or even if I'm cut out to spend years of my life spending lit. -- and because I'd like to teach community college or maybe high school. Of course, I'd like to do it without accruing too much debt, too. But my questions are as follows: -- I've j
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