Fishbucket Posted August 14, 2012 Share Posted August 14, 2012 I'm currently enrolled in a terminal master's program in Spanish and Portuguese literature at Stanford. I want to continue my education and eventually become a professor of Comp Lit. I'm planning to apply in December for a PhD, and so I've started putting together my applications. But I feel stuck on the SoP for the following reason: I don't know what I want to focus on, within the discipline. I haven't started my master's program yet (it begins in September). I've been out of school for 2 years, between undergrad and now. I know very definitely that I want to study in the field of Comparative Literature, I want to immerse myself in philosophy and literary theory and untranslated foreign literature. I've studied French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, and I want to study German, so those are probably the upper limit of the languages I know I can/will be working in (plus English, of course). I know that I'm particularly fascinated by Brazil, France, and German-language literature. I have various favorite writers from each of these languages (Ex: Machado de Assis, Robert Musil, Marcel Proust) But 1. I don't have a coherent single topic which links all of these interests and writers together; and 2. I don't feel like I know enough about anything yet to see where my interests will lead me. I fully expect my interests and focus to change, a lot, once I'm enrolled in a PhD program. So what should I do? How do I consolidate everything I'm interested in, with how very little I really know about Comparative Literature, into a great SoP? Thanks for reading my post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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