Ya think they’ll never come up with something new, and then this comes along:
Dear Dr. Gelman,
I am writing to inquire about the availability of obtaining a self-funded visiting scholar position in your institution for one year. I will cover all my expenses during my visit. I have completed a M.A. at Sichuan international Studies University in Comparative Literature and World Literature in 2011. My dissertation is entitled “Edith Wharton’s Views on Female”.
My scholarly interests range widely, from British and American literature and culture to intercultural communication to translation of English and Chinese and to English teaching methods, as well as TESOL, Business English, Linguistics. I have published some relevant papers at home. In a subsequent project, I plan to research American urban literature from the viewpoints of feminism and ethical literary criticism. In addition, I welcome the opportunity to conduct research related to English teaching methods as a foreign language in order to further enhance my teaching experience.
My dissertation investigates Wharton’s views on female from the aspect of feminism based on Wharton’s 4 important novels: The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), Summer (1917) and The Age of Innocence (1921). My inquiry focuses on awakening heroines’ images to have broken traditional bondages and developed constantly and explain how the heroines from Lily to Undine, Charity and Allen fulfill the sublimation from embryo, extreme, awakening and freely defining, which is the process of forming Wharton’s views on female and also indicates Wharton’s seeking for ideal woman. Then, from the comparison of heroines’ traits, it’s proved that the harmonious androgynous personality is the ideal pursuit for Wharton characters in her fictional world: and the single male or female disposition is not wholesome for individuals, and both male and female traits in balance seems to be an ideal solution to help free the human personality from sex-role stereotype. Last but not the least, this thesis touches upon the reasons to form the views on female from the social background dealing with social economy, women’s social position, female literature trends and female movements and so on and personal experience including Wharton’s friendship with James, bondage suffered in teenage and love and marriage life.
I am eager to broaden my horizon constantly. And I would appreciate being considered as a visiting scholar to do research under your supervision. I believe I can learn a lot from you, your outstanding team and your distinguished university. I have enclosed a copy of my curriculum vitae. Thank you in advance for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you. If you would like any additional information, please contact me.
A CV was attached in pdf form but I didn’t click on it. Safety first.