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  1. I'm a bit late to this but... Start with people rather than places. Look for faculty who use critical theory in their research, and then you will probably find some programs from there. It's all about matching up your research interests to the right advisor/supervisor.
  2. DeNovo

    Bloomington, IN

    I did my undergrad at IU, and I really enjoyed living in Bloomington. Most of what's going on is on/throughout/near the campus, but I don't think you'll be disappointed. One of the things I enjoyed was the easy access to some excellent opera, theater, ballet, and music because of the Jacob's School of Music. The talent there is amazing. There's a lot of outdoorsy things you can do nearby as well (e.g. a state forest, Lake Monroe, etc.). There's always something going on in downtown Bloomington, which makes it nice. Bloomington actually has quite a few interesting restaurants - certainly more than chains, and they're fun to check out. Also some great little coffee shops, etc. Anyway, I wouldn't worry too much about not having something to do. That said, if you find yourself wanting to get out of the Bloomington bubble, Indianapolis is super close and easy to get to. As for the snow... No such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing Bloomington in the spring/fall makes up for the winter I think. Cost of living is fairly low in Bloomington, certainly compared to LA. You can definitely get a 1BR for well under 1,000/mo., and if you have a few roommates you can get your costs down even more. Utilities and all that, if they're not included in your rent, are usually pretty low as well. Good luck and hope you enjoy your campus visit
  3. Thinking of applying, but more likely will wait until Fall 2020 application season. I'm about to start a 9 month masters program in October at Cambridge in the UK, so I'm pretty sure I will have a stronger application if I wait until after I've written papers for this program and gotten to know my prospective recommenders. At the moment, my top choices would be Duke, Yale, and UConn (though I'm still looking) because of my research interests. I'm interested in the concepts of inventing history and representations of culture (primarily in travel literature) and law and literature in the early modern period. I will probably also apply to IU because I did my undergrad there and I know from experience that the French department is really great and the faculty are very supportive and excellent in their respective areas. Where are you thinking of applying? FYI - I went to U Chicago, so if you have any questions about the campus or French there I'd be happy to help!
  4. Great! Thanks all for the quick and helpful responses @Glasperlenspieler In terms of 'why' Comp Lit, it was just a consideration to broaden the number of potential programs. I obviously failed to actually explain what the comparative aspect would be in my initial blurb. My preferred research would not be comparative (i.e., only the two French texts), but I know how I would evolve it if I were to do a Comp Lit program (it would be the French texts against similar Spanish texts from the period). Thanks though for the crux of what I was looking for as to whether a Comp Lit degree would help/hurt/have little impact on a PhD in francophone studies! @Carly Rae Jepsen Thanks for the feedback! I do have a BA in French from IU Bloomington, so I think that will help me, coupled with the masters program, moving forward. Thanks for your input! Much appreciated and best of luck at WashU!
  5. Hi all - I have a question about which direction I should go for a masters program. I am transitioning from a career in law and would like to get a PhD in French literature and culture. I'm going to start with a masters program so that I can demonstrate research proficiency in the field, provide relevant work samples for PhD applications, and show that I am serious about the transition. My question is whether it would be helpful or harmful to do the masters in Comparative Literature, rather than in French studies or French lit. The Comp Lit program requires a dissertation at the end, and my proposal would compare two French texts from the 17th century. To the extent my PhD program might be more interdisciplinary, rather than strictly French lit, would having a masters in Comp Lit pose any problems? Any thoughts would be appreciated! Thanks!
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