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About ecogoth

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    twentieth century american lit, ecocriticism, & hegelian dialectics
  • Application Season
    2020 Fall
  • Program
    English PhD

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  1. I withdrew my name from the Brandeis waitlist a few weeks back, and I (tentatively) plan to turn down both UConn and Syracuse's PhD offers. I'm just waiting to "zoom" talk with two more people at BC before I fully commit! That being said, I've already very emotionally committed Take care, everyone! Hope this helps some people out there - and I hope you're all being safe amidst the quarantine (i've taken to solitary pensive walks and yearning)
  2. not to be too cynical, but i think the real selfish fear to be had in how this will affect academia is in how it might affect the future of teaching as a profession a lot of campuses have shut down and made all their classes into online classes already, and i'm guessing many more will follow amidst this hysteria. once schools realize they can effectively get away with running everything online (if things are able to run smoothly enough along), then there might be more of a push toward online education, meaning less jobs! less pay! and, reportedly, less knowledge-retention for students! ob
  3. I would strongly urge future applicants to frame their statement of purpose around the trajectory of their research and where they see it going within the context of a school's program. By that, I mean that I think it's important to have a strong research proposal that shows you adding something urgently new to a field and how the school you're applying to would fit into that larger project. One of my favorite professors stressed this repeatedly to me and other applicants from my MA cohort, and he added the charming advice: "lie if you have to! It's about getting in, no one is going to hold yo
  4. I fully, fully, fully understand - I chose to only apply to schools in New England precisely because I wanted to be near to family and friends! While limiting in some ways, I also think chasing some elusive idea of "prestige" somewhere fully random can be limiting in a LOT of other ways. In short, quality of life matters - and I don't think the notion of prestige outweighs happiness! Like truly, what does success mean to you?
  5. There's nothing immature about letting yourself process your emotions! Take it easy on yourself, I'm wishing you peace + happiness through this all
  6. That one was me! I was sent an email this morning with the offer - nothing updated on the actual UConn portal yet.
  7. I hope things work out in your favor this cycle - but, if they don't, I would recommend looking into Boston College! Among other areas, they have a strong emphasis on Irish studies - as well as additional funding for PhD students focusing in on Irish lit. That being said, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for you for this current cycle!
  8. Got accepted from Boston College today!! I've never known relief like this before
  9. In short, I think good academic writing already is accessible writing, like with Mari Ruti or Kathleen Stewart. I'm also not trying to defend jargon here (because I think it's often a transparent attempt to try to justify itself academically) - but I do think you risk a lot in either decontextualizing or mistranslating certain terms. For Butler, 'performativity' comes about in her work as a reference to ordinary language theorist J.L. Austin's notion of "performative utterances." While many now misread Butler's performativity to mean something for identity like putting on play as a chosen
  10. From my understanding of it, the statement of purpose serves as sort of a litmus test for an application committee to be able to determine if you can actually talk the talk. By this, I mean that it's important to be able to identify yourself as a scholar in how you would fit into a department as well as your scholarship in how a department could influence it. I'm also an applicant, and I wrote my current SoP with an emphasis on specific research goals in how they build upon my master's thesis. For reference, I'm interested in ecocriticism in 20th century American lit.
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