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    2019 Fall
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    English PhD

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  1. beardedlady

    2019 Acceptances

    I would honestly like to believe that they're not going to reject people on the basis of being less than 100% available to do an interview with such short notice. That would be extremely shitty of them. As long as you opened up a couple of slots, I can't imagine it being a problem, not to mention a whole day. But, I mean, I'm just working off a basic assumption of minimal human decency and fairness. I sincerely hope you get an interview! All we can do now is wait.
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    UChicago Doodle Poll

    Apparently Chicago's torturing practice of notifying an un-quantified group of students that they may receive an interview invite isn't new:
  3. beardedlady

    2019 Acceptances

    @mandelbulb I love you.
  4. beardedlady

    2019 Acceptances

    You're right, but I still have no idea what to make of it đŸ¤” Guess l'll just have to wait and see. It's pure evil to send out an email like this notifying you that maybe, perhaps, under some unknown circumstances, there'll be an interview! Blah. Way to play with my emotions, Chicago.
  5. beardedlady

    2019 Acceptances

    I also just got this email but have no idea what it means since it seems totally tentative. Don't want to get my hopes up...
  6. beardedlady

    2019 Acceptances

    Can't say I'm not disappointed to not hear from Emory (really wanted to live in Atlanta!) but my sincerest congrats for the interviewees--go rock your interviews! And also congrats to all of those accepted! It really is nice to start seeing good news for people.
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    2019 Applicants

    It's been a sad time poetically speaking, with Meena Alexander passing away just two months ago...
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    My approach was pretty similar to both of yours, but I get the sense that I did much less excavating. I looked for people in my fields and, reading their research online, checked if I liked their methodologies and perspectives. I didn't look for their research to relate to mine perfectly at all, but just wanted to make sure they were generally relevant and that I thought what they're doing was compelling and interesting to me. I did get pretty specific in detailing how I would benefit from their guidance in the fit paragraph. However, knowing that my interests are likely to expand and shift, I didn't search for overlap in theory, time-period, and texts. One of the three was good enough for me, assuming that I found myself intrigued by their research. But I think this is very personal, and as you both mentioned, also very dependent on what type of research you hope to pursue. I didn't mention courses, by I did briefly discuss other factors (certificates, reading groups, etc). I also obviously mentioned if one of my areas was stated on the department's website as a particular strength or emphasis. Is this what you mean by "culture," @Bopie5? I see references to departmental "cultures" etc. being talked about occasionally in the fora, but I'm not quite sure what that means and how to gauge what the culture of a particular program is. Coming from a very different educational setting, I find myself occasionally confused by things that seem obvious to everyone else.
  9. beardedlady

    Rice Application Conundrum

    @WildeThing and @mandelbulb--thanks to you both!
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    2019 Applicants

    Thanks! I'll take you up on that when I get in (I've chosen now to sprinkle the logic of self-fulfilling prophecies on top of general self-preserving negativity--I'll never get in anyway!--to make things interesting). Yes, both Cvetkovich and Minich, as well as Lisa Moore. It's a shame to hear that Cvetkovich won't be around anymore though, @Mumasatus!
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    2019 Applicants

    I don't really feel like I have a dream program. Every time I go into one of the department websites I decide that that one is my number one, and it fluctuates daily. In terms of location, my favorite would probably be UT Austin, and the least so would have to be the NYC schools (I honestly don't know how I'll be able to afford to live there). Since if I'm accepted anywhere, I'll be dragging my significant-other along with me halfway across the world, I have the added stress of his ability to find a job in his field etc. Thankfully, he's an American citizen, so no work-visa issues... If I don't get in, I have a few ideas of what I could do but no real plan. I don't think I'll be able to go through a second round of apps both money-wise and life-wise. But who knows? The TOEFL was an idiotic waste of money, especially considering that all of the schools I applied to required the GRE, whose V section is obviously much more difficult. Why both for crying out loud?? On the other hand, now there's ample confirmation that my English skills are unequivocally up to snuff. As if the 20 page WS, SoP, and LoR's wouldn't have been more indicative of that anyway... Salt up the wazoo on this.
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    Let’s talk books

    @Bopie5 I'm also hoping to read it. Living in a non-English speaking country, second-hands are hard to come by other than of canonical fiction or, conversely, popular fiction in the vein of Shopaholic and crime novels. I used to spend a fortune on shipping from Amazon UK before BookDepository. And English books in bookstores here go for ~25$ for a paperback, so... That sounds interesting! What films are you looking at? I don't want to hijack the books thread, but films seem close enough... heh. I also used "he." I went according to what I saw elsewhere, if I recall. I'm actually even more into Berlant though, because I'm interested in affect and the whole "intimate publics" thing. Good luck to us both! And @Warelin, following your advice I looked into WUSTL--and it looks like a great fit. I'm finishing up the fit paragraph in my SOP atm, which basically wrote itself. I'm actually really excited about it. So thanks!!
  13. I don't have concrete suggestions re: specific programs, but one way to tackle this is to look at who's writing criticism that speaks to you and where they teach. When I was looking where to apply, I followed the trail of queer theorists, for instance. This may be productive also because it simultaneously provides you with some important information regarding your theoretical field of interest, and an understanding of who's who, increased exposure to the current debates, etc. Good luck!
  14. beardedlady

    Let’s talk books

    @Bopie5 It really is a great novel! I can't wait to start devouring some of Adichie's other books. I see we have many overlapping interests--with drama being the only exception. I'm also applying to Columbia (AHHH Halberstam!) and Chicago (AHHH Berlant!) but they're so far out of my reach I might as well go open a Blockbuster on Mars.
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    Let’s talk books

    I'm now reading Baldwin's Go Tell it On the Mountain, after starting Alaisder Gray's Lanark and finding it too horrifying and nightmare-inducing for application-writing season. I will return to it once the terror of applications subsides (April?) because I do love its grotesque craziness. Hoping to begin Auster's 4 3 2 1 in a few days (I love historical, intergenerational narratives and generally like Auster, so I'm hoping it'll be good). My favorite novel this year has to be Americanah, but in terms of all time faves... The Well of Loneliness and Wide Sargasso Sea are right up there.

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