Hi all, Long-time lurker, first time poster. I'm applying to a handful (four) MA programs in Women's Studies, film, and literature (they're all through the literature department). My professors have, rightfully so, suggested that I apply to more programs to increase my chances of acceptance. However, I've had a hard time locating schools that I think would be a good fit, and since my university does not have a strong women's studies program, I lack a well-rounded knowledge of current scholars and their research in these fields. (Because of this, I've considered taking another year or two off to educate myself more thoroughly on these subjects, but that's what schools is for anyway, right?)
I'm particularly interested in narratives about the female/female body in film and literature, especially as portrayed in works by male artists. I also want to study visual culture in conjunction with these fields, but I feel like I might be narrowing my options even more. Basically, I was wondering if anyone could suggest strong MA programs or well-known scholars in these areas?