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    British Romantic poetry, poetics, grammar, literary theory
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    PhD English (Autumn 2020)

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  1. Indecisive Poet

    2020 Applicants

    Stanford and Ohio State have also dropped all GRE requirements 😊
  2. Indecisive Poet

    September Subject Test

    FWIW, I took it twice and the same thing happened to me both times, even though I thought I had budgeted my time really well the second time. I still scored in the 83rd percentile, which I'm happy with.
  3. Indecisive Poet

    2020 Applicants

    UC Irvine is a program I'm strongly considering applying to – I'd love to PM you with a couple of questions, if you don't mind! 😀
  4. Indecisive Poet

    2020 Applicants

    Nope. I've read a lot of posts on here from successful applicants who didn't contact any POIs and I've talked to enough equally successful people in person that I've decided not to do it. I think it makes sense and works for some, but it's not something I feel comfortable doing as I don't see any real need to contact them in my case and I think it would feel (and come across as) forced. The only exception is that there's a POI at a program I'm planning to apply to who I emailed a couple months ago to ask for an article that my university library didn't have access to. Since looking into the program more, I've become confused about whether faculty members on different campuses of that university (of which he is one) can work with the English grad students. I plan to respond to our previous email thread to ask him how this works. I seem to recall that Stanford's website says something about suggesting applicants contact potential supervisors in advance. And, of course, most British programs suggest this as well. But barring explicit instruction to do this on department websites, I think it's unnecessary and makes no difference in whether or not you're accepted.
  5. Indecisive Poet

    2020 Applicants

    Greetings! I'm excited to have a thread for this and to see it grow over the coming half a year. Thanks for posting! I think it's never too early to start thinking about PhD applications and if you're already working on your SoP and WS, you're in great shape. I'm finishing up my MA thesis, which is due mid-August, and while I've certainly had applications on my mind (pretty much all of the time, making it difficult to focus on my thesis...), I'm not planning on hitting my SoP seriously or revising my WS until August 15th, when I'm finished with my MA. I don't even have a definite list of programs yet, although I've thoroughly researched all the ones I'm interested in and hope to have things completely narrowed down and decided by the end of August. I'm a Romanticist (British) with interests in poetry/poetics, grammar/linguistics and lit theory. My thesis is on the theory of the lyric and the forms/functions of repetition in Keats's odes, with some deconstructive stuff thrown in there. I'm nervous about how all this will translate to statements but I'm already really looking forward to working on materials.
  6. Indecisive Poet

    Buffalo poetics?

    This is really helpful! Since reading this and looking some more through the curriculum, I've been thinking that maybe the Poetics program isn't a great fit for me right now but the general PhD might be. I could see myself writing a similar sort of statement for this program. Do you know if you're able to take any of the classes on offer in the poetics program? Or, for example, I see that there's a class in Poetics listed in the general graduate courses document for Fall 2019. Would you be able to take something like that as a general English student? I'm not sure if this is something you can speak to, but my only (but major) concern with applying to this program is that Buffalo seems to have only one Romanticist on its faculty (Susan Eilenberg) and she hasn't published anything since 2004 (!!!) which is a huge red flag. I do want to branch out to 20th/21st century poetry/poetics, but if I'm applying as an established Romanticist who does want to continue that interest in some way, I'm not sure the program makes sense for me. Do you know anything I don't here!? 🤔
  7. Would love information on this program if anyone knows anything about it/is attending. My central interest is poetics and I'm looking for programs that are strong in this area, but I'm also a Romanticist. It seems like Buffalo's program is geared toward modern/contemporary avant-garde poetics. This is still of great interest to me – I hope to move away from Romanticism a little bit in the future and work on more modern/contemporary stuff – but I do plan to apply as a Romanticist, and I'm wondering if it wouldn't make sense for me to apply to this program. If not the poetics program, I would still be interested in Buffalo's general PhD because the department in general is so strong in poetics (if not in Romanticism), but would they find it strange for someone interested in poetics to not apply to to the poetics program?
  8. Indecisive Poet

    2019 Applicants

    Hi everyone! Didn't want to post a separate thread just for this – did anyone apply to Ohio State this round? I'm looking to apply there for 2020 entry and I'm unclear on which faculty members I'd be able to work with and thus mention in my SoP. I'm really interested in a faculty member who works on the Newark campus. Is this someone I wouldn't have access to as an English lit grad student at OSU? I'm not sure if it's a Rutgers situation where New Brunswick (in this case, Columbus) is its own university, or if there is overlap in the department between the different campuses. I figure I can always email the DGS or professor and ask, but wanted to save myself looking silly if anyone here knows.
  9. Indecisive Poet

    Switching periods?

    @Metaellipses This is such a genuinely helpful way of thinking about it – thank you! I suppose it's a bit solipsistic of me to think that a group of "exciting Romanticists" in a department would be personally disappointed about me no longer wanting to work with them, lol. I'm not sure why I was thinking it would need to be a big announcement rather than something I can work on on my own and then make plain before orals.
  10. I'm not hoping to start a PhD until Fall 2020 but would love to chat over a PM any time 😊 I've discovered recently I'm relatively uninterested in the state of the field and am strongly considering switching periods because of this, so maybe you can talk me out of it...(!) Edit: just looked through your history and found we've chatted a little in the past about resurgence of formalisms in Romanticism – would love even more now to ask about your interests!
  11. Indecisive Poet

    Switching periods?

    Thanks for the responses, everyone. I will probably stick with Romanticism and switch when I get there – but I've been having preemptive visions of connecting with exciting Romanticists and then getting to my program and having to deliver the "uh, hey, so I actually don't want to work with you anymore because I'm switching periods" speech if/when they talk to me about the work I mentioned wanting to do in my SoP. Hopefully this will not be as frowned upon as I am fearing 😶
  12. Indecisive Poet

    Switching periods?

    Thank you both very much for your advice! I've had an inkling of some of this stuff and other ideas I hadn't considered. I am still leaning toward sticking to Romanticism and switching as soon as I start (after having spent the year off thinking it through). I'd like to assure you both that I'm writing this post rather briskly so as to think about this as quickly as possible (impending dissertation!), but that I have spent the last two years thinking through my interests in both periods (I've been conflicted since undergrad) and that I have authors, theoretical approaches, and narrower interests in both periods than "I like modernism more" would seem to imply 😉
  13. Hi all, I'm finishing up a 1-year MA program in the UK that, unlike most American MA programs, focuses on a particular period – 18th and 19th-century British literatures. Unfortunately, it's become increasingly clear to me throughout the year that I would rather be studying 20th and 21st-century literature and that that period (C20/21) and the theoretical approaches that fit it well are really where my interests lie. I plan to apply to PhD programs this coming fall for 2020 entry and I'm not sure how to play this. I can't imagine an application in which my background and WS are in Romanticism but my SoP says "I'd like to switch to Modernism" going over well – in theory, I know, there are ways to narrativize this, but I am positive that the much stronger application would be one in which I write an SoP about a project in Romanticism. My thought is that I will apply to programs that are good fits in both areas and that I will decide when I start the program (fingers crossed) whether I want to jump up a century or two or not. What do you all think of this approach? Departments, of course, anticipate that students' interests will change – does this apply to period as well? I have heard of some cases in which this has happened without a hitch. I do plan to apply to a couple of UK programs as well which is more difficult because I'm expected to submit a full research proposal and stick to that project. I am thinking of either sticking to Romanticism, writing a proposal for a project that bridges the two centuries, or simply writing a proposal in Modernism and seeing what happens. Anyone have experience/advice here? Edit: I should also mention that I'm just beginning my dissertation now, which is due in August. There is theoretically the possibility to change the dissertation drastically (as of now it's on Keats) so that it is in part or in full about the 20th century. This would probably be tricky as my supervisor is a Romanticist and I have already written a proposal that I am probably to some degree expected to stick to, and I'm not sure it's a good idea since I'm not up on my 20th-century scholarship at all. If I want to switch up my topic, it would need to happen now.
  14. I did this and unfortunately did not receive a response 🤷‍♀️
  15. I'd love to hear what people have to say about this as well. There's a soon-to-be fourth-year PhD student at the program that is strongest in my areas who is seemingly doing exactly what I'd like to do and I've also been unsure of whether this is a good sign or a sign to stay away because they won't want another version of him.

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