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  1. Hi. I have two degrees in engineering - my Masters was in Petroleum from 3 years ago. After the downturn of the oil and gas industry and also a desire to pursue a career that is less hazardous to the environment - and after many years of loving literature - I have decided to pursue my Masters in English Literature. How do I approach this in my statement of purpose? I love research and I have wanted to study literature since I was in school but did not due to various fears. I also found out about postcolonial literature a few years back and this is what I want to focus on. Note: This decision was made after proper deliberation.
  2. Hi all, I'm new to this and only just learned about gradcafe today! I'm a 2nd year MA student currently working on my thesis and have applied for a PhD in English starting fall 2019 at 4 Canadian universities. I've already heard back from 1 of the universities (University of Ottawa) and am anxiously awaiting others (University of Toronto, Dalhousie, and Memorial University). I found an American thread and thought I would create one for people waiting to hear back from Canadian schools!
  3. I'm planning to apply for a PhD in English (Literature) and I'm wondering about the foreign language component. All of the schools I'd most like to apply to require 1 or usually 2 foreign languages examined by the end of the second year or so. Yale also mentions on its admission requirements that they want 'preparation in languagessufficient to satisfy the language requirement' and Harvard says that 'While there are no specific prerequisites for admission, a strong language background helps to strengthen the application'. None of the others seem to mention languages at all in their admissions sections, only in the details of what's required during the course. Does anyone know how important the language background is relative to other elements of the application? My personal situation: I have a UK A-Level in Latin and a GCSE in German. I've been working on my German online (duolingo etc.) but I have no new qualifications to show evidence of progress. I did an informal assessment at the Goethe Insitut in London, and they reckon I could probably handle a B1 exam, which the internet reckons is about equivalent to a UK AS-level, halfway between GCSE and A-Level, but I don't know if it really counts for as much on an application. If I did take the exam, it might show that my German is ongoing and improving, but I have relatively little time to prepare for the exam, it's alarmingly close to the application deadline, so if my results don't come on time it might count for nothing anyway, and I think it might be a better use of time to work on my writing samples/preparing for GREs etc. Any advice would be very much appreciated. Thanks a lot.
  4. Hi, I'm currently an English undergrad student. But I'm planning to do my masters in Classics. (We'll narrow it down once we reach that bridge) I have zero background in the languages, Latin or ancient Greek and due to the lack of resources/programs (again, zero) in my country about classics, I have to apply to the programs offered by the universities abroad. Due to my lack of language background and to make up for three years of language requirement to get a PhD in Classics, I'm going to do a post baccalaureate. So I have my post bacc narrowed to three universities, but what I wanted to know if that's a fulfilling way to go on about it? Has anyone done a post bacc and then joined the masters in classics? And done a PhD? Is there any other way this can be achieved? Also, how is the student life during a post bacc, amount of hours and the study required? Because I do love the classics and I plan on making a future in academia in the same (I'm well aware of how terribly awful it sounds, a narrowing field with a dying subject)
  5. Good day, everyone! I'm Karla from the Philippines, and I just graduated from my university's Speech Comm. program in June. I recently got accepted into our university's MA English Studies Program as an Anglo-American Studies major. You see, I've only taken 5 upper-level English courses, an introductory course in Comparative Literature, and a Critical Theory course (from Antiquity to the British Romantics) in Comparative Literature. As I haven't had formal training in literary theory because of a limited number of electives under my BA program, I've mostly been an autodidact when it comes to literary theory. I'll be entering the MA program come January 2018. And I feel as if--since I'm not an English major (despite the fact that I do read voraciously)--my intended research topics for the program are limited. I know that I have an affinity for 20th century American literature, Romantic poetry, Modern British Literature, comics, and the suburbs, I've only seemed to have half-developed topics I might want to do research on, which can be multidisciplinary. Here are some of my specific interests: religion and cults in American culture American suburbia depictions of mental illness for the female performing gender and queerness pop culture advertising My question is this: how can I further develop future research interests? I have this idea of tracing confession in poetry and American music, connecting advertising with the American Romantics, and analyzing reality shows and classic Hollywood in connection with American literary history. Additionally, would you be able to recommend journals which specialize in these areas? Would I be able to have access to them? Thank you so much, and I would appreciate illuminating insights from you.
  6. Good day, everyone! I'm Karla from the Philippines, and I just graduated from my university's Speech Comm. program in June. I recently got accepted into our university's MA English Studies Program as an Anglo-American Studies major. You see, I've only taken 5 upper-level English courses, an introductory course in Comparative Literature, and a Critical Theory course (from Antiquity to the British Romantics) in Comparative Literature. As I haven't had formal training in literary theory because of a limited number of electives under my BA program, I've mostly been an autodidact when it comes to literary theory. I'll be entering the MA program come January 2018. And I feel as if--since I'm not an English major (despite the fact that I do read voraciously)--my intended research topics for the program are limited. I know that I have an affinity for 20th century American literature, Romantic poetry, Modern British Literature, comics, and the suburbs, I've only seemed to have half-developed topics I might want to do research on, which can be multidisciplinary. Here are some of my specific interests: religion and cults in American culture American suburbia depictions of mental illness for the female performing gender and queerness pop culture advertising My question is this: how can I further develop future research interests? I have this idea of tracing confession in poetry and American music, connecting advertising with the American Romantics, and analyzing reality shows and classic Hollywood in connection with American literary history. Additionally, would you be able to recommend journals which specialize in these areas? Would I be able to have access to them? Thank you so much, and I would appreciate illuminating insights from you.
  7. Hi, all – I apologize in advance if any of my questions are glaringly obvious, but I require gradcafe wisdom on submitting a multimedia essay to PhD programs in English literature and similar disciplines like cultural/media studies. As a point of reference, my essay examines the ideological edifice of two Steve Bannon documentaries, Torchbearer and Generation Zero, and draws on the theoretical framework of S. Žižek's The Sublime Object of Ideology. Such analysis requires that I embed clips from either film as textual evidence, and the platform I decided upon was WordPress, buying my own domain to give a little autonomy to the project. To start, how do different PhD programs deal with this type of submission? I'm sure disciplines like media studies have pretty clear-cut protocol for what I'm describing, but I'm not sure how English literature programs might differ, if at all, but they're my main point of interest here, so it'd help to receive as much knowledge as I can on the subject. Further, might there be an advantage to briefly describing relevant scenes in my essay, as Žižek so often does, in lieu of embedded clips? On the one hand, this move would streamline the complication by maintaining a purely textual essay; on the other hand, I can't possibly imagine paraphrasing a literary text, e.g. Ulysses, for an entire paper without losing rhetorical effect on some demonstrative level. (Good grief, I never thought I would ever align Joyce and Bannon in a metaphorical capacity – I think I may need an ice-cold shower, or perhaps a holy water blessing from Dr. Buck Mulligan himself.) If you're so inclined, I also have a few less-pressing questions: 1) Preferentially, is WordPress the best platform for a multimedia essay such as mine? 2) How does one formalize your page-count with embedded videos, or does this ultimately not matter as much as word-count when submitting to programs? 3) Submitted multimedia essays should preclude peripheral or paratextual content, like expository "About" tabs, right? Thanks everyone!
  8. Although there's really nothing I can change or do right now about my scores... I am starting to get really nervous. I was wondering if I could get some opinions here on my scores! Would it be too low to get admitted...? (I'm an international applicant.) TOEFL: 112 GRE: 160/156/3.0 GPA: BA 4.33/4.5 (Summa Cum Laude) and MA 4.37/4.5 + nice CV with lots of teaching experience + honors/scholarships + publication of translations
  9. Does anyone have any opinions/strategies on how to manage different writing sample requirements between schools? Posters here generally seem to talk about their writing sample in a way that implies they have only one. Is this what people usually do? Go with the shortest length and submit that for all applications? Or do people do light editing? In my case I have some schools requiring 15 pages max, some requiring 30 max, and some with a range of 15-20 or 20-25. I'm thinking I'll have one main writing sample of about 22-23 pages( and do some meddling with margins/spacing/font to get it down to 20 where I must) then have another strict 15 page/5000 word version. Thoughts?
  10. So, I applied for all MA programs this round because I want to get a bit of graduate school experience before I commit to a PhD program. I've noticed that there is no ranking system for MA programs and I'm wondering how I can go about finding out how certain MA programs are perceived by the academic world when there aren't any rankings. When schools house both MA and PhD students, it's easier because I can base my perception of the MA program's rank on the PhD program's rank, but what about schools that don't have a PhD program? About half the schools that I applied for are cases of the latter. Although I am not overly concerned with school ranking and hope to focus more on fit and funding opportunities, I do think that it is somewhat important to consider when weighing options. That is, if I want to get into a more competitive PhD program in a few years. One last question: how important do you all think that school ranking is when accepting or declining an MA program offer with full funding? Does full (and quite generous) funding override program prestige? Thanks for your input!
  11. Hey, So I received admission offers for an MA in English Literature from the following universities: university of Calgary- with funding and a TA ship Queen's university at Kingston, Ontario- with funding and TA ship university of Ottawa National University of Singapore i honestly don't know where to go-- while the Canadian universities gave me funding I'm hesitating since NUS is a really good school and it has a high ranking. I need to make a decision really soon and I'd really appreciate any suggestions or advice!
  12. Any thoughts/recommendations/advice about applying to graduate school 5 years post-undergraduate degree(s)? I would be applying to MA programs in literature; part of me wishes I were more interested in Rhetoric and Composition, but I don't think I should "force it." I suspect time spent away from my chosen field will hurt my chances, but if it helps, my desire to go to grad school hasn't diminished in 5 years. I am not sure if they will see my experience as relevant or just see me as a wildcard/potentially "rusty" candidate. A run-down of the past 5 years: (1) 2 years spent teaching high school and middle school Spanish. (2) 7 months in a post-baccalaureate program to get my English licensure (K-12), certificate of completion and license obtained. (3) a summer working for Pearson-Vue as a testing administrator. (4) 9 months working for a social services non-profit. (5) 1.5 years working for Tutor.com, an online tutoring company as an independent contractor (overlaps with #3 and #4). Current Certifications: I hold 2 teaching licenses in my state, a. Spanish (PreK-12) and b. English (K-12). I applied 2 years ago to a 5 MA and/or MA/PHD programs, no acceptances that time around... I wish I had e-mailed some of the DGSs that first time around to find out more, but suffice to say, I "chickened out." I plan on applying to MA programs, since I have had nearly 5 years away from my chosen field, and do not think combined MA/PHDs programs are a good idea at this time. I want to make sure I am making the right choice of chosen field, continuing on to the PHD, etc. (I also fear since it's been 5 years my undergraduate professors (LOR writers) may not remember me as well; I have kept in touch with some of them, but still, it's not like I graduated last year or the year before)).
  13. As an undergraduate student entering my senior year, I have an unfortunate amount of questions regarding the application process for doctoral programs in English literature. Having written extensively on Joyce's Ulysses, I'm primarily interested in the relationship between narrative theory and postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on 20th century modernism. So, then, does anyone know of some top tier doctoral programs known for research in postcolonialism, narratology, and/or modernism? I'm also interested in American postmodern literature—e.g. Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and David Foster Wallace—but haven't come into contact with many reputable programs renown for that mode of contemporary scholarship, so guidance there would certainly help, too. On a semi-unrelated note, I'm also curious if those of you who have been accepted to top tier (or second-tier) programs 1) applied in the fall prior to graduation, 2) applied in the fall following graduation, 3) applied during an MA program, or 4) applied following the completion of an MA program. Any response to these questions and concerns would be greatly appreciated - thanks!
  14. Greetings all, I was wondering if anyone had advice about postgraduate studies in English literature at the University of Westminster in London and Comparative literature at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen. Both are two different degrees, in two different locations and have two different reputations. I am in love with both cities and would be happy to attend either, and am having a difficult time weighing the pros and cons of each. Money is presently not an issue as I am committed to fulfilling my pursuit for higher education. Advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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