McDolphin Burger Posted August 16, 2012 Share Posted August 16, 2012 After a year out of university, I'm planning to apply to English literature programs admitting in the fall of '13. My primary interest is 20th century American fiction – especially postmodern novelists – and I have a notion to research the counterculture connections and commitments of guys like Pynchon, Vonnegut and Kesey. My instinct tells me that this is a pretty popular field and a lot of universities should fit the bill, but where should I start looking? I'm inclined to stick to the west coast, but I've also checked out a few eastern universities. I'm open to the UK, but haven't put any major thought into it. I do have a few admissions-related hurtles to jump: first, my B.A. is in history and I've only got three English lit classes on my transcript for my last couple of terms. On account of freshman (ok, and sophomore) indiscretions, my GPA's in the 3.5 range, though I transferred to another school after a few years and ended up with a 3.93 on the classes I took at the latter institution. Both were state universities and not particularly well-known ones at that. I also don't really have either any personal references in literature or a decent undergraduate English paper to work into a writing sample. It's a tall order - what can I do to overcome this? On the plus-side, I thought I did pretty well on the GRE general (99% verbal, 68% quantitative and 92% writing). If it's at all relevant, I speak both Spanish and Japanese competently and I have overseas experience: I taught English in Japan for eleven months. Any input at all is appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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