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  1. Schools and Controversies

    I apologize for being rude. It's just that so few people make it into Harvard's grad programs that boycotting it rings a bit hollow to me. Perhaps it isn't. I think the ballsy move would be to apply to it, get in, and then turn down the offer because of your beliefs. That said, I'd probably apply to Harvard on principle because they took back the fellowship offer for Manning. But I'm sorry for the tone of my original comment.
  2. Schools and Controversies

    I wonder if Harvard will have to close down now.
  3. Do Classics PhD programs care where one goes to undergrad?

    That said, scanning the profiles of the grad students at Harvard, a lot of smaller and less well-known schools are represented.
  4. Do Classics PhD programs care where one goes to undergrad?

    I was just teasing. With a small field like Classics, I think it may be easier sometimes for someone from a middle-ranked school to get in to top programs--if you show your language skills are up to snuff and have good recs. But when I was an undergrad, it always seemed like everyone who did undergrad at Harvard did their grad work at Berkeley, and everyone who did their undergrads at Berkeley did their grad work at Harvard. (Exaggerating, but it did seem indicative of a trend.)
  5. Do Classics PhD programs care where one goes to undergrad?

    Maybe in 1890. These days Johns Hopkins isn't the Classics powerhouse it was with Basil Gildersleeve.
  6. Creative writing at those schools is going to be much harder to get into.
  7. Do Classics PhD programs care where one goes to undergrad?

    Augustinian, people won't like this answer because it's unfair--but yeah. Unless it's Holy Cross, which has a strong reputation for Classics, it's going to be tougher. Certainly not impossible--especially if you have professors who know you well and write great recs (an advantage of the small school) and you have good GRE scores--but a professor once explained to me that the undergrad students who tend to have the most success are the ones graduating from schools with top grad programs, because there's a certain amount of wheeling and dealing with departmental grad school admissions. Basically, professor X from Berkeley can call professor Y from Harvard and tell her that if she takes the Berkeley student, he'll take the Harvard student. Same with UNC, UCLA, Penn, Texas, Michigan, Brown, etc. If you graduate, even from a highly respected liberal arts school like Middlebury, your professors writing your recs and going to bat for you don't have any comparable currency. (The advantage, though, is that they will know you well and could write better recs, and possibly teach you Latin and Greek better--since you will always have profs instead of grad students your first year or two.)
  8. Crediting Translators?

    In English, translators' names rarely appear on the front cover--unless the translator is as famous as an author, like Lattimore or Fagles. Your name should appear inside, with the copywright. If it's on the title page, you're very lucky. It's unfair, but in English translators are hidden away. It's changing a bit now, but still readers shy away from translations, so unless it's The Iliad that you've translated, publishers are hoping nobody will ever notice a translator was involved. (I've translated a bunch of stuff, and had good experiences and bad.)
  9. But if you're studying literature (as in written texts), the written form of ASL is English. (I know ASL is a different language, closer to French sign language than English, etc.; My sister speaks it.) So, how would it help research? If you are doing fieldwork in linguistics or sociology it could be crucial, but I have a hard time figuring out how ASL would help you access literature related to disability studies--unless maybe you're focusing on film. With written texts, I'd think being able to read braille would be more helpful.
  10. Spouses and Jobs

    Dear god, do not do anything that has your spouse commuting 3-4 hours a day. Imagine the tension that could cause in a marriage: "You read Chaucer today? I spent 4 hours (or about 1/2 the amount of time a professional trucker is allowed to drive per day) on the freeway to get to a job I don't like as much as the one I left." (I know that studying literature isn't just fun and reading, but when your spouse is in a bad mood, it might seem that way.)
  11. I find ASL and sign languages absolutely fascinating, but since I assume foreign languages are required because of research in English PhDs, and the written languages for the deaf are the same as the national languages, I find it strange that any English graduate advisor would allow ASL to count. If you were in a linguistics program it would perfect sense, though.
  12. Language for a Victorianist?

    Polish since it was the native language of a major Victorian/Modernist writer. If Conrad wasn't influenced by Polish literature, it would at least be interesting to see how the Poles viewed him.
  13. You wouldn't get into a Classics post-bac without some Latin and Greek. They're really for people who have 3 years of Latin and 1 of Greek, or maybe 2 and 2. Check out Berkeley and CUNY's intensive summer Latin programs.
  14. Columbia's Curriculum

    To be fair, with the amount of tuition Columbia charges most of their MFA students you should be able to take any class you damn well like.
  15. Columbia's Curriculum

    I believe Arkansas has a program that fits that bill.