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  1. So I also have a BA and MA in math (I specialized in category theory...lol), as well as a BA double major in English. I think your programming skills are very important assets that can help you in the long run (DH jobs are much easier to come by than lit crit jobs in general), and your language skills sound very solid/competitive as well. The problem is, as you say, you haven't taken a lot of lit classes at the university level. @queenofcarrotflowers has a good point. Academic literary criticism is VERY different from writing/appreciating literature in general. (This is important to know, beca
  2. Hi! Current comp lit phd student here. It sounds like you have some specific idea about what you'd like to do once you acquire those languages, which I think is more important than language skills per se. If you acquire B2 proficiency in Malagasy and French by the time you apply, you will be a decent applicant (language-wise!) for many programs...provided that you have a more heuristic/theoretical vision of what you want to do with those languages (think period, critical perspective, kind of archive, how it fits into current debates, etc). As for your Scottish Gaelic, comparative literature pr
  3. Some departments might have a historical reputation but have undergone radical changes (the most obvious is Yale Comp Lit), so the current leaning is more relevant. Some departments (I won't name any specific ones) also have internal splits when it comes to methodology, so there might not be a unified stance on whether/which theory is favored. One of the best ways to gauge things is to ask a current graduate student for the syllabus of the first year PhD proseminar (there usually is one) as well as current graduate course listings. You can get a good idea of what kind of research they're
  4. If you plan on working on continental philosophy, chances are that it's the philosophy departments that won't take you, at least in the U.S. where most departments are overwhelmingly analytic. Comp lit is indeed where a lot of continental philosophy gets done nowadays, and there are comp lit departments that barely have a literary component at all (UC Irvine, Emory, and Duke come to mind). A lot of continental philosophy people also work in media studies and interdisciplinary departments. Properly English departments, however, have been making an anti-theory shift over the last decade or two a
  5. UChicago comp lit isn't taking new students either: https://complit.uchicago.edu/graduate/admissions
  6. I just went through the last cycle as a theory-heavy comp lit applicant, and what I'll say is that language is less of an emphasis for certain departments, while others REALLY want you to know your languages/literatures and don't care much about theory. Many English departments are having an anti-theory moment right now and a more traditional Critical Theory WS might not go well in those places. Columbia is an exception, but still the theory they are into aren't the traditional kind. If you want to continue your MA work it might make more sense to seek out theory departments that are disguised
  7. I know a number of (well-endowed) university have suspended their hiring process for new faculty, citing financial difficulties. I don't know if the same difficulties will result in reduced number of fellowships they can offer - maybe there just isn't enough information at the moment.
  8. From the perspective of someone in Comp Lit (though my undergrad was in English), language may well be the biggest hurdle for you if you are looking for more traditional comp lit programs, many of which expect research experience of a non-English literature, read in the original, at the time of entry. If you plan to work on post-war Japanese literature, remember you will be competing against native speakers and those with near-native proficiency when you go on the job market. The French will be useful, however: save for the folks who really do French literature, most people learn French just s
  9. Yup! Got informal acceptance email about two hours ago (!!!).
  10. Nope. It might take some time. The graduate coordinator will probably reach out about it tomorrow or next week.
  11. So have I! Hope you're going to the accepted student weekend?
  12. My interviewers said the decisions are being made soon and will go out in a week or two (bureaucratic stuff blablabla), so it doesn't sound like a second round is happening, but I may be wrong. I'm in the same boat as you are, though I'm taking that as a rejection at this point.
  13. Got in Chicago Comp Lit! Was very sad when I didn't get the interview email, but what a plot twist!
  14. It sounds like they're saying "next two weeks" regardless of when the interview took place: mine was a week ago and I was also told they'll send decisions in two weeks. Hopefully that means next week, at the latest! Yup - having gone through that interrogation I'm questioning if I actually want to spend six years there...
  15. Very exciting, and very nerve-wracking news! Thank you for relaying it. I wonder why they delay the notifications by a whole week...
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