hendecasyllabics Posted May 30, 2021 Share Posted May 30, 2021 I’m an international student aspiring to apply to Comparative Literature PhD programs in the US (probably in the Fall 23 cycle...I’m planning ahead?) but I know pretty much nothing about US universities, apart from what I have read on their websites. I have a few questions that will definitely influence the courses that I take in the next year, so I would be very grateful if anyone here would be willing to share their insight!☺️ I have read on here before that certain universities have quite specific reputations when it comes to literary theory. This is a huge ask but would anybody be able to elaborate on this? For example, what kind of theory is prioritised at Yale as opposed to Stanford, Harvard etc. In a similar vein, would a theory-heavy writing sample be more recommended for some programs and discouraged for others? Also, do certain courses focus more on languages than theory? I suppose I am asking generally what the literary theory scene is like in the US at the moment—it’s not too big at my current university and quite a few of my professors are actually opposed to theory altogether! A little background: I have two foreign languages to a high level of proficiency, and a third to good working proficiency (I can read and understand it quite well but can’t speak it too fluently at the moment). I am looking to pick up another language in the next year (if only so that more scholarship is accessible to me?). I don’t really have anyone at my current university who can advise me on applying to US programs, so I am appealing to the internet! If anybody is willing respond I will be very appreciative? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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