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So I’ve already posted about applying here, I thought I’d ask another question because I was given extremely helpful advice for the other. I’m applying to study English Literature. I’d say my personal statement is very strong and the texts I’ve included are Personal Helicon by Seamus Heaney, The Flea by John Donne, Fire and Ice by Edmund Spenser, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Ecotopia by Ernest Callenbach, Vox by Christina Dalcher, Streectar Named Desire and I’ve VERY briefly mentioned Shakespeares sonnets. Oxbridge say for you to widely read - I’m concerned these texts may not meet their expectation?
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It seems you’ve already read widely but personally I would avoid including every single book in your PS. You have a very limited number of characters and Oxbridge aren’t impressed by simply listing what you’ve read. Maybe pick 2-3 and analyse them. What stood out to you? What connections can you make between them? What did you agree/disagree with about the authors outlook?

It’s a good idea to keep reading widely and you’ve already done well but with regard to your PS be careful about just listing them all in a row. Also, at interview, they are likely to ask you what you’ve read outside of what’s included in your PS, so best to have several extra that you haven’t included.
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(Original post by meminisse19)
It seems you’ve already read widely but personally I would avoid including every single book in your PS. You have a very limited number of characters and Oxbridge aren’t impressed by simply listing what you’ve read. Maybe pick 2-3 and analyse them. What stood out to you? What connections can you make between them? What did you agree/disagree with about the authors outlook?

It’s a good idea to keep reading widely and you’ve already done well but with regard to your PS be careful about just listing them all in a row. Also, at interview, they are likely to ask you what you’ve read outside of what’s included in your PS, so best to have several extra that you haven’t included.
Thank you for your advice! I kept the listing thing in mind while writing my personal statement and made sure that wasn’t the case. I read quite a lot of poetry outside of what I’ve spoken however not novels - I’ve read maybe 1 or 2 more. I’m going to read Chaucer and The Testament soon.

I thought because most of what I spoke about was 19th century literature, then that wasn’t ‘widely read’ lol
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