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    Hi, was just wondering how many authors English applicants mentioned in their personal statement? How many constitutes ludicrous name dropping, or too many to discuss at interview?
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    It may not be at all connected, but in my French PS i mentioned 3 writers: Rousseau, Sartre and Camus. You may want to do the same. Obviously don't mention those writers, but you know what I mean
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Hi, was just wondering how many authors English applicants mentioned in their personal statement? How many constitutes ludicrous name dropping, or too many to discuss at interview?
    I put four. That seems about right I think

    EDIT: Sorry, that's one author, one playwright and two poets
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    I put about 4 philosophers on my PS.
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    OK thanks everyone General consensus seems to be 3/4, I'd better cut about half then Couldn't make my mind up
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    I've gone for a slightly different approach... I have one novelist, three poets, a playwright and then an author of literary history.

    I hope this is ok...

    edit: now have two novelists. yay.
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    (Original post by Mata)
    I've gone for a slightly different approach... I have one novelist, three poets, a playwright and then an author of literary history.

    I hope this is ok...

    edit: now have two novelists. yay.
    That sounds like a great combination I currently have 3 poets, Moliere (to bring my French course in), E. H. Carr, 2 playwrights and 4 authors so I'm pruning it down :rolleyes: It's just hard to choose.
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    I know, the choosing is the worse.

    I basically cut out anyone that I thought lots of peoepl might pick... Shakespeare had to go (sob), and so did Seamus Heaney, EE Cummings, Plath (kept Hughs through stubborness but didn't mention 'the thought fox').

    Have found that I don't actually read as much as I thought I did. Which is worrying.

    I think that we just have to put down authors that we genuinely like and can waffle about.
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    I mentioned nine books/plays/writers/directors, for my Classics PS last year. Not all at once, though. Definitely wouldn't put in any more than that, otherwise I think it starts to look a bit showy-off. I suppose it's best to pick a variety of authors, from different periods or cultures or genres, to show the breadth of your knowledge base - mine included Narnia, Under Milk Wood, and Ovid's Metamorphoses.
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    have just written my history ps. mentioned 3 historians by name. for english perhaps it is a good idea to mention critics also, and maybe refer to a certain school of poets/ authors rather than list them all by name - as this sounds more like name dropping.
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    Hi, was just wondering how many authors English applicants mentioned in their personal statement? How many constitutes ludicrous name dropping, or too many to discuss at interview?
    I randomly mentioned different authors at different times to support different elements of my PS for e.g. I'd quote titles of books which were particularly useful and then just mentions particular authors at other times who I found really interesting/enjoyed etc...
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    So far i have 4 authors and one poet. It's a work in progress :p:
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    Im sure it's not how many authors you mention, but how you do it that matters. So maybe only mentioning 2 would be better than an obvious attempt to show you've read every author with a penguin classic under their belt
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    as of yet ive got 2 poets, one playwright and one novelist..so thats four in total
    mite try to get a critic in as well but still working on the first draft of my ps
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    I think I mentioned a few plays (the ones I have been in) plus I wrote a fair amount on Peter Wiess (Marat/Sade) and a bit about Marlowe(Dr Faustus). I wouldn't go do the name dropping thing though incase it came up in an interview and they tried to make you discuss the one you knew least about.
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    I mentioned a play, two poets, and about 5 novels. I mentioned lots because I didn't want to restrict myself to talking about just one novel when they asked me questions in an interview. I don't think it matters how many you mention to be honest, as long as you don't do absolutely loads. It would be an idea to make sure you mention at least one play, one poet, and one novel.
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    I mentioned 1 Playwright, 1 poet and 2 novelists. I just picked my favourites that i'd actually be able to talk about in an interview
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    At interview, could you steer the conversation towards something you'd either read since writing your PS or before but hadn't had room to include, or would they think you just didn't know enough about what you'd put down?

    I've cut mine to describing what I most enjoy about one of my absolute favourite writers and briefly analysing some of her books, describing why I enjoyed my favourite D. H. Lawrence, mentioning a book which my law course helped me to understand and mentioning 2 poets and something about Shakespeare. Does this sound ok to people?
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    (Original post by *Bethany*)
    At interview, could you steer the conversation towards something you'd either read since writing your PS or before but hadn't had room to include, or would they think you just didn't know enough about what you'd put down?

    I've cut mine to describing what I most enjoy about one of my absolute favourite writers and briefly analysing some of her books, describing why I enjoyed my favourite D. H. Lawrence, mentioning a book which my law course helped me to understand and mentioning 2 poets and something about Shakespeare. Does this sound ok to people?
    Some of my interviews didn't touch on my ps at all. I talked about different things. This could have showed more depth to my knowledge because it showed I didn't just know what was in my ps.
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    (Original post by sparklyteacosie)
    Some of my interviews didn't touch on my ps at all. I talked about different things. This could have showed more depth to my knowledge because it showed I didn't just know what was in my ps.
    That makes sense, thanks

    I'm thinking of mentioning critical approaches or some critics I enjoy, but I have so little space i.e. am already over the limit again Is it worth bumping something else off for?
 
 
 

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