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    2019 Fall
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    M.A/Ph.D. in English Literature

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  1. illcounsel

    How many Ph.D in English programs to apply to?

    You can see a spreadsheet in this thread (tab over to see MA programs): .
  2. illcounsel

    Academic Writing Samples

    I submitted a 15 page WS (a section of my undergrad thesis) to the program I am attending in the fall which had a 20-25 page requirement on the website. However, this was after substantial, substantial revision and editing. I truly felt like it was the best I could possibly write at the time. I would suggest that you take a few months rewriting the paper you feel most excites you and best fits your interests. For example, if you want to study Early Modern literature, don't submit a sample on modern Irish lit. If, after many rounds of editing and reworking, you feel that you have your best work, submit it. I would imagine it would be more than 8 pages by then.
  3. illcounsel

    How many Ph.D in English programs to apply to?

    If you have any more questions, you can post them in the Literature forum or message me directly!
  4. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    OmG!!!!!! I've tried to get used to reading 1-3 hours a day in preparation for school. I am sure the amount of reading will still blindside me though!!!!
  5. illcounsel

    Journal articles?

    In addition to this, I have also had great success emailing scholars to ask for PDF's of a specific article of theirs. If you explain your situation and your interest in their work, it usually comes off great. I have done this a handful of times, mostly with scholars earlier in their career. Plus, if gives you a chance to network a small amount with these folks. Someone feel free to add to this or correct me if they think this is a faux pas!
  6. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    It's so awesome that your professor reached out so far ahead of time!!!! That is so exciting. What are some of the highlights of the reading list?
  7. illcounsel

    How many Ph.D in English programs to apply to?

    From what I have gathered from the English forum on here, I would say about 10-12 is an average amount. It is also important to note that there is no such thing as a "safety" school like there is in undergrad schools. ANY English PhD program is hard to get into, so you want to have a variety of schools that fit your research interests. Fit is one of the most important things that an admissions committee looks at. If you have the most stellar grades and GRE scores, but don't mesh well will the department (I.E. you study Early Modern literature and they have few faculty in the field), they will pass on you. I have seen many friends get rejected from schools in the 10-50 range, but get into a few top 10 programs because their interests overlapped nicely with faculty in that school's department. It is also worth noting you may want to add a few MA programs into your mix. There are a handful of fully-funded English MA programs around the country at great institutions. I chose to apply to 5 MA programs and 4 PhD programs. This is because I want to go to a top 10 school in my field. While I did not get into the PhD programs (all at top schools), I did get into all 5 MA programs. This will give me a chance to strengthen my profile, refine my research interests, get published/present at conferences. My MA program has placed students into PhD programs in all the schools that I applied to. Hope this helps!
  8. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    I would love to know what the readings for this class look like !
  9. A real thing to think about is letters of recommendation. If your MA institution is different than where you did your undergrad, you will only have a few short months to develop meaningful relationships with your professors. While it can be done, you will have to work hard to make sure you can get quality letters written. It might be worth waiting another cycle to have stronger letters and a (hopefully) high MA GPA.
  10. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    What classes are everyone taking in the Fall? In addition to the Intro to Graduate Studies that I am sure most of us have, I am taking a class on Eco-poetics and one called Global Chaucer which looks at international influences on Chaucer in the Middle Ages and his global significance since.
  11. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    I just received my TA assignment and........ it's in my field!!!! YAY
  12. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    My school is in a pretty small college town with a tough rental market, so I looked as soon as I committed. If it was a bigger city, I am sure I would have been more relaxed on the timeline!
  13. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    Just secured housing!! It is all starting to feel so real in the best way. My DGS has been out on parental leave so there has been mostly silence from my program, but having a cute little house is making things feel much better.
  14. illcounsel

    Prepping for Fall 2019

    In terms of academic preparation, I am reading as much as possible! I am rereading most of Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. I've been in contact with the professor I would be working closely with for recommendations on what she is currently reading and have purchased a few of those books. I also have been trying to catch up on current scholarship by emailing various people asking for articles that I have seen get recently published. Being out of school for a few years, I don't have access to journals and publications, but this approach seems to be working. In preparing to move, I am spending as much time as I can outdoors. I live in the Southwest currently and the weather has been so beautiful recently. My partner and I have also created a 'bucket' list of things to do before we leave and have been having lots of fun checking those things off!
  15. illcounsel

    2019 Applicants

    Is this something we have to have a subscription to view? Would like to check it out!

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