View Full Version : Any INTJs in literature?

03-19-2008, 05:39 AM
As the title says.

What do you focus on/specialise in and where are you in your career?

03-23-2008, 10:03 AM
This is jumping the gun a little but I am currently doing a Publishing degree. So I have an interest in the industry.

03-24-2008, 07:59 PM
I'm proudly pursuing my MA in English, and plan on a PhD in Shakespeare Studies.

Aside from that haughty proclamation, I'm for literature across the board, especially in Fantasy and Folk Tales (Separately, not as the same thing).

"Yes," here is one INTJ who's all for literature. :thumbsup:

03-26-2008, 05:01 AM
I have a BA in English along with many credits in Science, Philosophy and Psych. Math was the only subject I had little interest in. I'm also right brain dominant which may have something to do with subject preference. I love big picture ideas not linear abstract detail work. I never respected anything a computer could do better than me.

03-26-2008, 05:12 AM
I have degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Communications, philosophy & film. I am currently going back part time for graduate studies in Journalism and considering an MFA. I have an pretty decent IQ score above 130, but not genius or anything.

I knew early on that I learned and understood the application of knowledge at an early age. The only thing I really care about is Literature, Art, Philosophy.

I've written (2) screen plays, a bunch of little things and I am currently penning my first Novel which is a trilogy. {Grand expectations, I know}

I took a meaningless gov't job that would pay all of my bills and allow me to write on their dime. I only care about writing things that will make a difference to someone.

My influences are (but not limited to): Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, Nietzsche
and an endless list of other artists & philosophers.

03-26-2008, 01:26 PM
Was a literature nerd, and always will be, no matter what I do.

03-26-2008, 07:27 PM
i took literature as minor. although i am not praticing my philo-lit degree, i do it outdoors. i try to speak with locals and collect tribal stories and some of the stories i got have never been published. probably i will when i have the time and the money.

03-27-2008, 10:02 AM
Well, something more about me then...I finish my MA degree this school year and will then spend an extra year studying "literary studies" before I - hopefully, fingers crossed - can get started with a PhD...well, you always can get started, but if you want to get paid, you have to be chosen and the success ratio is 1/4 people that apply.

I like all kinds of literature (thoug I prefer proza over poetry and drama) but am currently focussing on contemporary Canadian literature. My MA thesis is about Timothy Findley's novel Pilgrim. It's ridiculously interesting and since my approach is for a large part psychoanalytical, I can spend time on this site without feeling guilty...too much. :p

Strangely enough, I've never had much interest in Shakespeare.

03-27-2008, 10:12 AM
I read somewhere that Jane Austen was an INTJ. I read her books. I believe it!

03-27-2008, 12:04 PM
Books and records are my best friends.

03-31-2008, 04:44 PM
I'm about to sit my finals at Oxford University in English Lit... nothing else, just English lit lol... we don't bother ourselves with a broad educational experience here - just dive right in to the specialization. Did two theses this year, the first on Emily Dickinson and her re-shaping of traditional religious thought in her poems, and the second on American 20th Century drama. Planning my graduate work at the moment... will be doing my Masters part time over 2 years to pay for it and then, if the funding comes along, a Phd...

03-31-2008, 08:04 PM
Yep--BA, MA, and PhD in English literature. I'm in my second year on the tenure-track, and work on Renaissance lit. I'm primarily a Miltonist, and work more generally on politics/religion and lit, but of course I teach Shakespeare and do love him, though I've never felt inspired to make him the subject of my research.

I've been a strong INTJ all my life, and when I was in high school it *really* bothered me that the type seemed so strongly linked with fields like science and engineering.

04-01-2008, 05:24 AM
Flavia, how do you like the teaching experience?

04-01-2008, 03:43 PM
One more in literature, though not in the academic field. MA in philology and translation studies. Career in literary translation and editing. Back in high school I was strongly advised to choose mathematics but I was headstrong enough to pursue my own ideas.

04-08-2008, 07:49 PM
Uytuun--I love it. I didn't think it would come easily to me (and I suppose it didn't), but I find it really rewarding now, and a lot of fun. Teaching at the college level strikes me as a good profession for an INTJ: you do have to be "on," but that's a skill that you can learn, and I'm surprised by what a good performer I am, and how much I love being in front of a classroom. And you only have to be "on" for a limited number of hours a week (unlike teaching high school)--a lot of the work can be done on your own, whenever you have time for it, and wherever you like. It's the freedom to set my own schedule, and the real joy of transmitting knowledge and seeing students come to make that knowledge their own that's great.

I also think teaching is intellectually really rewarding: having to think through, very carefully, how to explain or communicate something that YOU know in such a way that someone else gets it is really challenging and continually interesting. You can always try a new method, and can always improve on what you've done before.

Good luck!