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Indecisive Poet

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    British Romanticism & Poetics
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    2020 Fall
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    PhD English Literature

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  1. Have all of my applications sent in + 2/3 of my referees have submitted all their letters! Unfortunately I sent in Illinois @ Chicago thinking that the application for fellowships was optional (turns out it's not). So now I'm trudging through another surprise 300-word statement. Has anyone else done this one? It asks for a description of my previous experience in my proposed field of study, including teaching, extracurricular activities, professional experience, etc... if only I could just refer them to my CV and to the personal statement I've already written for them. After 3.5 months of full-time application-writing, I no longer have the energy to pour forth anything that is remotely creative, so I plan to write a very functional, very bland description of my tutoring experience, etc. Not sure what they're even looking for, since the only funding I would get is guaranteed anyway 🤷‍♀️
  2. Sorry if my wording wasn't clear – the diversity statement is mandatory on the application form itself. My suggestion was that Yale's English department website should list the diversity statement under the application requirements, since it comes as a surprise when one is actually filling out the application.
  3. Thanks both for the advice. I had a draft written out to you earlier today about how I was taking x approach but wasn't sure if it was the right move, but I've just finished writing my statement and I'm actually really pleased with what I've come up with! I didn't feel like it was appropriate or relevant to talk about my gender, my not-excellent home life growing up, or some mental health issues I've had – I don't want to pretend that my gender has disadvantaged me when it hasn't, and I don't want to pretend that various issues I've had have had any bearing on my career plans when they haven't. Instead, I went for a more traditional approach to diversity that involved nothing but honesty about my own privilege and how I've confronted it in educational settings and elsewhere. I think it's pretty good! It would be great if Yale's English PhD website could mention that the diversity statement will be required. It's helpful to know and prepare for something like that in advance, I think, especially for people who are submitting at the last minute.
  4. Dah! I was completely prepared to submit Yale today only to find that they have a space for a surprise, mandatory diversity essay in their online application form. I hope this doesn't count for too much because there's no way I'm going to come up with something good, especially last minute. I purposely avoided applying to programs that asked for these 🤔
  5. FYI, I emailed the guy who sent the "we've received everything" email about this and he said that the online application system takes a long time to update but that he's very on top of things, so if he's emailed to say he has everything, then he has everything.
  6. My NW application says everything has been received except the GRE scores, which I sent to them 3+ weeks ago. If GRE is what they're missing, they may just take a while to show up on the checklist. My scores for NYU were also listed as missing until a day or two ago, and I sent them at the same time.
  7. This is really good to know – thank you! I opted to submit my materials as PDFs and I'm glad I did.
  8. This is something I want to look into seriously before and when (if) I start a PhD program. A big reason that I think my current field is a mistake is that I know current (and past) scholarship fairly well now and there really isn't anything that anyone is doing that I'm seriously interested in – and I don't think I have much to say about the period either that hasn't already been said. I've felt like most of my projects weren't very good for this reason and that I haven't been passionate about them. I enjoy the period's poetry (what I work on) but that doesn't seem to me enough, especially because I enjoy most other periods' poetry just as much. But I can't say that another period is right for me yet because I don't know any other fields well. Once I finish up with applications, I'd really like to start sifting through criticism to see what people are doing elsewhere, especially C20/21, which is the poetry I enjoy most. If anyone has tips on navigating C20/21 poetry scholarship, do send them my way! I enjoy looking through SEL's year in review articles for other periods but I haven't found anything equivalent for C20/21.
  9. @Bumblebea @Warelin Thanks both for the advice. I would never dream of choosing to study an area I'm not interested in to play the market, but I'm already torn between periods at the moment so if there were a huge pull in either direction, that could possibly have swayed my decision. It very much sounds like that's not the case, though. FWIW, the only jobs I ever see advertised on the Romanticist listserv are ecocriticism jobs – but I'm also not actively looking anywhere else.
  10. Perhaps a tedious question, but are people submitting their statements and writing samples as word docs or PDFs?
  11. Thanks, @Bumblebea – it's a good point that there's no way of knowing what the market will be doing 6–7 years from now. Presumably departments won't still be hiring loads of Latinx and Chicanx scholars then if they've just spent the past 6 years filling their departments with them. My thought is that modern/contemporary would be oversaturated since so many students are applying to PhD programs to study those periods, which is why I was a bit taken aback when a professor told me that those positions are most in demand since the periods are so popular with students.
  12. From CUNY's website. My thought is that 1 page off would be fine, but don't do anything egregious. It couldn't hurt to email the programs you're applying to and ask them.
  13. Just want to drop in quickly to thank everyone who has responded. All of your perspectives have given me (and others, I hope) several things to think about. Edit: a follow up question – the graphs provided by @telkanuru seem to group all of the traditional periods together under "generalist." Does anyone know if it's any "easier" to get jobs in certain periods over others? I'm currently in C18/19 but don't feel married to it by any means and would like to explore C20/21 if I get into a program. I've been told that it's a good idea to have some experience (be it in PhD or postdoc) in modern/contemporary literature since this is the period for which professors are most in demand (if any of the traditional periods can be said to be in demand). But I would've thought that since it's the most popular period for students to study at any level, it's also the most competitive for jobs since presumably there will be more graduates from PhD programs with degrees in C20/21 than in any other period.
  14. I think it's uncommon to include a section on research experience, if anything. At least in the humanities.
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