>Hey everyone, thanks for all the comments, suggestions, and good wishes in the last post. I’ve been meaning to respond but, as you might guess, I’ve been busy putting out fires. I’m hoping to write a follow-up post on issues raised in the comments and also at other people’s blogs, especially on the point of who we should (or shouldn’t) be encouraging to go to grad school in the humanities (or whether we should be encouraging at all).
Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve got a query from a smart undergrad student who came to one of our recent “applying to grad school” workshops (to those commenters who suggested doing this: we were already in the process of doing this — great minds think alike!). Actually, it’s two queries. The first one is the question in the post title: if you were interested in literary theory, where would you apply to do a Ph.D.? I can think of some places off the top of my head, but they’re all pretty competitive big guns, so ideally I’d like to suggest to this student some smaller programs that have maybe a 1 in 4 acceptance rate, rather than a 1 in 10 rate.
And here’s the related question: do you think a student who started at a community college and then went to a regional public 4-year university is handicapped when applying to Ph.D. programs? This student is whip-smart and I have no doubt that he’s got the chops for grad school, but I wonder if snob factors will hurt his chances. That’s why I want him to apply to a range of programs.
And I’d love to hear narratives or be pointed to blogs from people who started at CCs and now are in grad school or beyond.