Sorry for the delayed update and lack of initial responses. Everyone was so kind and helpful! Bragging time ahead ☺️.
The feedback from my department was both incredibly positive and very helpful. Honestly it went about as well as I could have hoped? Multiple people came up to me afterwards to say that what I’m working on is exciting and important, and that my analysis was both poetic and adept at synthesizing a complex array of textual sources. I’m so happy!!
Also during the question period I was able to answer questions with citations and quotes off the top of my head so that felt pretty cool.