In approximately 1 year, I will take my PhD Exams in order to move on to the next phase of the program in Comparative Literature in which I am currently enrolled. The exam will cover 6 lists of 20-30 texts each on topics which I have come up with in consultation with my exam committee. It will take place as soon as I’ve finished reading the assigned texts, and, afterwards, assuming I pass, I will move on to propose and then write a dissertation, which I plan to do from back home in Chicago. This means, basically, that there are 120-180 texts between me and Chicago. This blog is meant to fill that space.

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  1. Only, at the high end, 180 texts? This is not a comment about you, but what has become of UChicago?

  2. First of all, I’m not at University of Chicago, as the information above clearly indicates, but an exam list of 180 texts is quite a lot, and not, as far as I can tell, at all low compared to most programs. What do you consider an appropriate number of texts, and how does this larger number help to better produce employable PhDs within a reasonable time to degree?

  3. Hi! I’m doing my masters in hispanic studies in Montreal, more precisely about the writings of José Antonio Alzate, a mexican journalist of the 18th century and I find your blog really interesting. Have you passed your exams yet? What’s your main research subject?
    Also, I like the music you’ve put up!

  4. I discovered this blog just now as I was doing some online research for my research project. I am interested in the nouveau roman and the Latin American experiments in the novel at the same time, comparing works from both movements. I am in the process of narrowing down my research question to something more concrete and manageable, given that this is a two-year fellowship project. I am a sophomore in college, and I find your research to be right in line with mine. I would love to hear your advice, findings, and methodology. Hope the PhD adventure was/has been successful!

  5. Hi Pedro,

    Thanks for your interest. I am no longer in grad school. I stopped short of the PhD and left after completing my qualifying exams, but I had a great experience in grad school before choosing to change careers. I’m currently in my last year of law school.

    I’m now a few years removed from my grad school work, and my grasp of the material is not as sharp as it once was, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. But I would recommend looking at the work of Alberto Moreiras, especially Tercer Espacio and The Exhaustion of Difference. There are important political implications to thinking about Latin American literary experimentation in relation to the noveau roman. If this is something that you plan to pursue (especially if this is something you want to pursue after graduation) you should be engaged with the dialogue about these implications. Moreiras approaches the question through the lens of Latin American literary experimentation itself. It’s dense reading, but very thought provoking, and hopefully you’ll find it to be a good starting point.

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