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My graduate M.A. English comprehensive written exams are next week!!

AH!!    6 hours long!!!  Trying not to panic.

 

Anyone else taking their exams this term?

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i've got comps on may 3. prepping for a question on the relationship of postmodernism to modernism & another on the role of ecocriticism in 20th century american lit. good times!!

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taking my (phd) generals in August. 120ish texts across 3 lists. you pick up questions, one on each list, and have 6 weeks to write 3 20 page essays in response to each question. oral defense 2 weeks later, then you are ABD! woopwoop!

I'm excited, but i'm not as deep into my lists as I should be by now. the downfield of having novels as your genre : SO MANY TO READ!!

(edited so many times because I can't type on my fing iPhone!)

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for those of you who are taking phd comps/generals, what's your study strategy? 

I'm also doing a novels field...have about 50 books on this first list. I read everything once, make a general 'thoughts' note, then do a second pass through (not necessarily reading the whole book) and make more detailed notes about how the book fits into the topic of my exam, particularly useful sections, and how it relates to other texts on the list. I have regular meetings with my committee to discuss groups of texts from the list,too. Our exams are only oral exams, so practicing talking about the books is the most important part, I think...

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I'm also doing a novels field...have about 50 books on this first list. I read everything once, make a general 'thoughts' note, then do a second pass through (not necessarily reading the whole book) and make more detailed notes about how the book fits into the topic of my exam, particularly useful sections, and how it relates to other texts on the list. I have regular meetings with my committee to discuss groups of texts from the list,too. Our exams are only oral exams, so practicing talking about the books is the most important part, I think...

 

yeah, sometimes i think i'd prefer the oral version but i don't know. there's draw backs to each! i'm doing something similar, with more detailed notes for myself and then writing up brief summaries/analysis on a blog for my committee to read as that's what some other students in our program did. profs found it really helpful as they can go back and read them while they're writing your questions. the summaries help them too because god knows they're not reading everything on all these lists either!

 

i've found it hard to make analytical comments about one of my lists, women's writing, because it's sooooo incredibly broad. 17th-c to 21st-c. i needed a list with broader depth, though, and to support my WGS minor, so i'm trying to think about texts in terms of gender/race/nation/etc for that one. my other two lists have a more specific theme that i can tie each text to.

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