dowjonesindustrial Posted October 9, 2008 Share Posted October 9, 2008 I very recently received some harsh feedback from a former professor/adviser of mine about my statement of purpose. This draft is built around my interest in joining the subjective literary mechanisms of postmodernism with the hermeneutic and phenomenological tradition (just getting it out there). The argument, put plainly, goes something like: by embracing subjective narration, these texts are built for an ambiguity of address appropriate for issues like race, religion, sexuality. So here's the trouble: while I believe that my line of research could be constructive for the literature of race/gender/etc, my SOP doesn't foreground these issues themselves. What it foregrounds are thinkers like Heidegger, Gadamer and Ricoeur, and the aesthetic of postmodernism. Or, "in the parlance of our time," dead (and yet often immensely unpopular) white guys and a played-out branch of study. Do you think that one ought to stick to their guns, no matter how unfavored? Or that a little foregrounding of how my interests can be beneficial to "hot topics" can't hurt? Or give up entirely and declare myself a student of Comparative Cambodian Crossdressing Literature? (no offense to those interested in any subset of that joke, but three rights can make a wrong; respect) There must be a few of you out there with similar worries... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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