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    Literary Left, Recovery, Spanish Civil War, Modernism(s), Feminist Criticism, Transnationalism
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
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    English/American (Ph.D.)

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  1. ExileFromAFutureTime

    American Studies Fall 2019??

    Yes, American Culture it is. The official letter should arrive next week, according to the DGS email I received.
  2. ExileFromAFutureTime

    2019 Acceptances

    Yesterday I was informed that I was rejected at the University of Minnesota (English). Today I was informed that I was accepted at the University of Michigan (American Studies).
  3. ExileFromAFutureTime

    American Studies Fall 2019??

    Exciting stuff- was accepted to the University of Michigan for American Studies. Just found out this morning.
  4. ExileFromAFutureTime

    2019 Applicants

    This thread has some useful tips for interviews:
  5. ExileFromAFutureTime

    2019 Applicants

    I'm interviewing at Emory next week - any advice or suggestions, particularly from those who have interviewed at programs recently? Thanks in advance.
  6. ExileFromAFutureTime

    2019 Acceptances

    Congrats to the UCSD admits! Sadly, I learned about the program the day after its deadline, and so couldn't apply. I was impressed with the program's transnational focus and can't wait to see what you all do there.
  7. ExileFromAFutureTime

    Sop Draft 3 - This Time Its Personal

    I've taken the meatiest paragraph to unpack. The more I examine your statement, the more it becomes clear that there are major gaps in your understanding and application of deconstructivism. I suggest you re-read foundational deconstructivist theory, as I'm not convinced it's the approach you want to take. "To facilitate better communication and understanding of people with strikingly different experiences I will first use Deconstruction to break down axiomatic views of other groups so they can be replaced with more inclusive ways of discussing our experiences. Deconstructivism has nothing to do with facilitating "better communication and understanding of people," but rather approaches literary texts in order to note tensions and contradictions within a (perceived) unified text. It demonstrates that meanings are multiple and unstable and points out where 'slippage' occurs. I will do this through the use of American Modernist writers and their fascination with internal thought processes and the exceptional variance within every human life. Authors that I am interested in include: Sherwood Anderson, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Faulkner. I take this to mean you have authors whose work you'd like to 'deconstruct.' Yet deconstructivism has been around since the 1970s; surely this has already been done. Drop what you're doing and go read how scholars have deconstructed particular works so that you can participate in this conversation. You need to know what others have done in order to make a convincing case as to what you'll contribute. These authors pushed for something new in their writing and this extends to how they represent thought. This is not very clear. What is new about their writing and thinking? And how does deconstructivism apply? This highlights the differences in not just what we think but also what leads someone to having that thought. I don't understand this sentence. This time period and group of writers is an important resource for those trying to build relationships and strengthen communication." Are you saying that modernist texts offer insight into human relationships and behavior? If so, what insight? And how does deconstructivism help us understand that? Stepping away from your statement, can you give me your elevator pitch? What is it that you hope to learn, and why is it urgent and important?
  8. ExileFromAFutureTime

    Sop Draft 3 - This Time Its Personal

    I've read the statement a few times, but I'm afraid I don't really understand your statement of purpose. Could you summarize, in two or three sentences, what it is you want to study? Start from there to build the 'kernel' of your motivation, from which you can add past experiences or your specific qualifications. Once you have the body of your statement, go back and write a catchy introductory sentence or two - but only after you know what you want to say. Check your details: you use the first and last names of certain authors, but not consistently. Sentence structure: every paragraph begins with "I". Mix it up. Finally, the last paragraph isn't very convincing. I doubt the work of the professor echoes your own; it's probably the other way around. Further, if you could succeed at any university, why should you be accepted at this one?

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