Exciting Announcement!

Graduate school, here I come!

Margaret in York

Margaret in York (Autumn, 2014)

I am excited to announce that I have officially accepted an offer of acceptance from the University of York (UK) for their MA in Film and Literature!

The film and lit. MA is a one-year programme that “examines the lively and symbiotic traffic between written words and cinematic images (through adaptation, borrowing, versioning, negotiation, appropriation, transmediation, analogy, equivalence, resistance, pastiche, collision).”

Sounds juicy, right?!

Four years ago I graduated from a small liberal arts college in the midwest with a degree in history and English lit. Although I was able to squeeze in the few film courses the college offered, I have always dreamt of continuing my research in a programme devoted to film studies. My two senior theses as an undergraduate were about Katharine Hepburn’s feminism, its origins and manifestations. I look forward to exploring further the topic of feminism and persona in my new studies. 

Posts related to my undergraduate research:

The Hepburn Alma Mater: Bryn Mawr College

DESK SET (1957): A Happy Hepburn Christmas

STAGE DOOR (1937): A Feminist Perspective

A Word About ‘Persona’

York is a charming cosmopolitan city in the north of England which offers a dynamic blend of history and culture. I look forward to living in postgraduate student housing that is located near the river Ouse (pronounced “ooz”) and city centre. I’ll be close enough to walk to campus and I’m on the same road as my church – it doesn’t get much better than that!

I have spent a great deal of time in England over the past several years, so I don’t think I need to worry too much about culture shock. In 2008 I went on a Shakespeare study abroad which took me to Oxford, London (the Globe and the British Library), and Stratford-upon-Avon (the Royal Shakespeare Company). I returned in 2010 to attend the Wordsworth Summer Conference in Grasmere in the Lake District. That same summer I also spent several weeks volunteering at Claremont Fan Court School in Esher, Surrey. I got to enjoy an atmosphere of festivity in 2012 during the Royal Jubilee year and the Olympics! It was a very exciting time to be an au pair. That trip saw me in Scarborough, Yorkshire; Oxted, Surrey; and I even had a week-long visit to the chateaux of the Loire river valley in France. I was able to bum around England for a few months last year visiting friends, attending some meetings and a wedding, and generally having a very good time.

I am thrilled beyond measure that my being a student at York will allow me to be in England for a whole year! I have never seen England in the Spring and I simply cannot wait!

My plan is to continue blogging during my time as a student at York. Since I will also be working part time, I cannot guarantee that I will have enough time to write original articles, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I just post sections from the academic papers I am writing. Is that even allowed? IDK. I guess I’ll find out!

Thank you so much to all my blogging friends who have encouraged me to keep writing about film while I’ve been out of school. You are all so amazing and I love your enthusiasm for classic film!

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