Crow T. Robot Posted June 12, 2017 Share Posted June 12, 2017 Hi all! I'm a long time lurker, first time poster, etc., etc. I wanted to pick everyone's brain on something that's giving me some trouble with my SOPs as I try to get my stuff together for the Fall 2018 cycle. In my MA program, I became very interested in psychoanalysis in general, Lacan in particular. I took an independent study on Žižek and Lacan (submitted a version of my final project to a conference; fingers crossed!), and did a ton of writing and research on Lacanian topics for many of my other courses. Now, I haven't found any POIs yet who do both my period (19th c. American) and any sort of psychoanalysis, let alone Lacan. Psychoanalysis seems like a niche thing where just one or two profs in a department do research on it, and some of the programs I'm looking at don't have anyone listed who does psychoanalytic theory/criticism. This is my conundrum: I know I should tailor my SOP to the strengths of each department, but if much of my MA work was in psychoanalytic theory, should I leave it out or downplay it for schools like Harvard that seem relatively theory-adverse?? I have other interests I'd be happy pursuing---ecocriticism, possibly lit + economics---but I'm worried I'll look a lot less dedicated if I don't demonstrate the focus I had in my MA program. On the other hand, if I do make a point of talking about psychoanalysis, even for schools that do have a POI who researches it, I wonder if I'll come off as a wacky niche candidate with strengths that the department is not interested in. I'd appreciate any advice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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