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Before you begin writing the research paper, you must do your research. It is important that you understand the subject matter, formulate the ideas of your paper, create your thesis statement and learn how to speak about your given topic in an authoritative manner. You’ll be looking through online databases, encyclopedias, almanacs, periodicals, books, newspapers, government publications, reports, guides and scholarly resources. Take notes as you discover new information about your given topic. Also keep track of the references you use so you can build your bibliography later and cite your resources.

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When organizing your research paper, the thesis statement is where you explain to your readers what they can expect, present your claims, answer any questions that you were asked or explain your interpretation of the subject matter you’re researching. Therefore, the thesis statement must be strong and easy to understand. Your thesis statement must also be precise. It should answer the question you were assigned, and there should be an opportunity for your position to be opposed or disputed. The body of your manuscript should support your thesis, and it should be more than a generic fact.

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Reading Word and Image: Representations of Safavid Persia in the Maps and Frontispieces of Adam Olearius (ca. 1650)   Elio Brancaforte The Articulation of a Caribbean Subjectivity in the Poetry of Luis Pales Matos, Aime Cesaire, and Derek Walcott   Victor Figueroa The Life and Work of George Gennadios Scholarios   Christopher Livanos Literature and the Conservative Style of Thought   Susan McReynolds What Then for My Soul? Subjectivity, Existential Enablement, and the Metaphorics of Psychic Life   Marjut Ruti  

The Longest Journey of All: Theodor Kallifatides and Second Language Writing   Monika Kallan Nikolai Gogol and Nathaniel Hawthorne: Inaugurating Two Traditions   Anne Lounsbery Biculturality: Fictions of Hybrid Identity in the U.S. and France   Monika Wadman An Edition of Aided Diarmata Meic Cerbaill From the Book of Ui Maine   Dan Wiley  

Doubt, Dissent, and the Skepticism in the Literary Tradition of the Medieval Period   Fatemeh Azinfar The Sabine Version   Mary Di Lucia Miller Imagining Language and Belonging: Wales , England , and America , 1850-1910   Melinda Gray Something Else Will Stand Beside It: The African Writers Series and the Development of African Literature   Camille Lizarribar Buxo The Making of a Medieval Outlaw: Code and Community in the Robin Hood Legend, 1400-1600   Bernard Lumpkin The Gestures of Modernism: Studies in Theatrical Reform and Literary Practice   Hans Puchner The Space of Memory: Romanticism, Modernity, and the Temporal Imagination   William Weitzel III The Genesis of Authorship: Legends of the Textualization of Homeric Epic and the Bible   Jed Wyrick  

Honor Thy Father and Love thy Fatherland: The Child, the Novel, and the Nation   Ala Alryyes Captivity as Consciousness: The Literary and Cultural Imagination of the American Self   Patricia Barbeito The Story of O: Prostitutes and Other Good-For-Nothings in the Renaissance   Michele Jaffe Coincidentia Oppositorum: A Rhetorical Theory of Literature   Erika Kiss A Reading of Cultural Diversity: The Island of New Orleans   Benton Komins Persons, Personae, Personages: Identity in Mundan Ting and Taohua Shan   Tina Lu style Revising the Pictorial: Ekphrasis and the Nature of Modern Lyric   Christina Pugh The Wilde Word: Talk as Performance at the Fin de Siecle   Shelley Salamensky Configuring the Feminine: Gender and Literary Transvestitism in the Southern Dynasties Poetry   Sophie Tian  

A Delicate Union: Exile and Homecoming in Twentieth-Century Autobiography   Maria Louise Ascher Immortal Armor: The Concept of Alk in Archaic Greek Poetry   Derek Burton Collins The Beauty of Imperialism: Emerson, Melville, Flaubert and al-Shidyaq   Jenine Abboushi Dallal The Problems of Privacy and Trust in Modern Literature, and their Relation to the Idea of Freedom   Raphael Haim Golb Orientalist Poetics: The Islamic Middle East in Nineteenth-Century English and French Poetry   Emily Anne Haddad Proust and the Profanation of the Jewish Mother   Lawrence Scott Lerner Equivocal Poetics and Cultural Ambiguity in the Cantigas d'Escarnho e de Mal Dizer   Benjamin Ming-Hwa Liu The Worke of Imitation: Virgil's Eclogues in England from Ascham to Milton   Timothy James Markey  

TRANSATLANTIS: Utopian Selfhood in Rousseau and Emerson Franciscus Henricus Albers Youth, Mentor, Trust, and Perfidy in English and French Novels of the Eighteenth Century Helene de Portu Signifying Acts: Writing in the Middle English Romances Sheryl L. Forste-Grupp Women and the Walk: Female Flânerie and the Aesthetics of Public Space in 19th Century Europe Clare Olivia Parsons Foundations of Chinese Historiography: Literary Representation in Zuo zhuan and Guoyu David Copley Schaberg  

Sonorous Bodies: Music in the Novels of Diderot and Burney Sarah Gore Particularly Critical: Generalization, Culture, and the Case of Russia John Arthur Henriksen Birth and the Novel: Telling Scenes and Retelling Myths of Selfhood Theodore Samuel Ruehl Judgment on Trial: The Aesthetics of Adultery in Early Modern France Susan Elisabeth Stiles  

Ironist Theory and Literature: The Economic Nexus of Public and Private Discourse in Rousseau, Byron, Scott, and Balzac Brian Gilbert Freeman The Way of Oblivion: Heraclitus and Kafka David Michael Schur To Perceive and to Represent: A Comparative Study of the Chinese and English Poetics of Nature Imagery Xiaoshan Yang  

The Coming of Age of the Child-Woman: Meret Oppenheim, Surrealism and Beyond Bettina Brandt Realizing and Resisting 'Self-Colonization': Idealogy and Form in Modern Greek Poetics (1790-1960) Evangelos Calotychos Failure, Repetition, Amputation, and Disappearance: Issues of Composition in Contemporary European Movement Performance Heidi Louise Gilpin First Encounters: Rereading the Other Sima Gela Kappeler  

Proverbial Backgrounds to the Sententiae of Beowulf Susan Elizabeth Deskis The Obscene Poetic Self in Rutebeuf and Chaucer Leslie Linam Dunton-Downer Roger Caillois' Logic of Participation in the 30s: From "Le Grand Jeu" to the "Collège de sociologie"   Claudine Paulette Frank Helen in France: The Poetics of Graft Matthew Gumpert Family Lineage and Narrative Line: Genealogy and Fiction in Hardy Tess O'Toole Persuasion and Tutelage in Some European Epistolary Novels of the Eighteenth Century Emery Snyder The Wandering Hero in Greek Poetry and Song Nancy Sultan  

Making Examples: The Authorization of Structure and the Construction of Exemplarity from the Fictions of Psychoanalysis to the Narratives of Nations Lisa Anne Davis Narrative Apostrophe: Case Studies in Second Person Fiction Irene Kacandes The Poetria Nova as a Poetics: Geoffrey of Vinsauf's "Lex sit danda poetis"   Rae Ann Nager The Construction of Horatian Decorum Ellen Sarah Oliensis Goethe and Novalis in the Life and Work of Vyacheslav Ivonov Michael Alex Wachtel  

The Politics of First-Person Narrative in Modern Chinese Fiction Lydia He Liu Antithesis Overcome: Shen Ts'ung-wen's Avant-Gardism and Primitivism Peng Hsiao-yen The Relation of Peter Abelard's Planctus Dinae to Biblical Sources and Exegetic Tradition: A Historical and Textual Study Lucille Claire Thibodeau Plotting against the Reader: The Aesthetics of Difficulty in Der Nachsommer, Moby-Dick, and Bouvard et Pécuchet Marina Isabella van Zuylen  

The Recursive Matrix: An Analysis of Baroque Problems in La Princesse de Clèves André Albert Aciman Narrative Commentary in Illusions perdues and Middlemarch Steven Berrien Life and Death in Quotation Marks: Cultural Myth of the Modern Poet Svetlana Boym Criticism in Style: Theory as Aesthetic Form Stephen Merrill Bretzius Sobre Angeles y Tumbas: Galdos y los Finales de la Historia Ana H. Fernández Sein Failing at Autobiography: The Examples of Mark Twain, August Strindberg, and Rainer Maria Rilke Linda Marie Haverty Palingensie de Jeanne d'Arc: Etude de Thèmes Gertrude Marie Hunziker Merkle The Humanistic School and Ukrainian Literature of the Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Natalia Pylypiuk Patience and the Agents of Renaissance Drama Mark Sandona The Art of Remembrance, the Poetics of Destiny: Self-writings by Three Women of Heian Japan Edith Lorraine Sarra Beyond the Last Image: Poetic Endings in Chinese Tradition Yang Ye Language and Interpretation: A Study in East-West Comparative Poetics Zhang Longxi  

The Dares Phrygius Version of Trójumanna saga: A Case Study in the Cross-cultural Mutation of Narrative.   Randi Claire Eldevik Reading Rhetoric: The Typographic Code and the Elizabethan Lyric.   Philip Clark Fine L'Actrice: Image littéraire et sociale de la comedienne en France au XIXe siècle.   Renata Valentina Morteo "The Book of the Duchess": A Re-vision in a Dream.   Patrizia Grimaldi Pizzorno Parry Lord Theory: No Basis for Comparison.   Seth Ellis Sicroff  

Leone Allacci (1587-1669): The Fortunes of an Early Byzantinist.   Thomas Cerbu Literary Theory and the Practice of Narrative Poetry: Young Tasso's Heroic Project and the Epic Tradition from Homer to Milton.   Lawrence Ford Rhu Valerijan Pidmohyl'nyj, Guy de Maupassant, and the Magic of the Night.   Maxim David Tarnawsky Sympathy, Counterpoise and Symbolism in Dream of Red Chamber.   Angelina Chun-chu Yee  

The Darkening Medium: Speech and Silence in the Novels of Theodor Fontane, Henry James and Marcel Proust.   Christine Ann Evans The Dandy and the Señorito: Eros and Social Class in the Nineteenth Century Novel.   Gloria Monserrate Ortiz  

Genre as Subversion: The Prose Poem in England and America.   Margueritte Schaefer Murphy Metaphoric Narration: The Role of Metaphor in Narrative Discourse.   Luz Aurora Pimentel Anduiza "Vorarbeiten zu einer Geschichtsschreibung der Gegenwart": Heinrich Heines Französische Zustande und Mariano José de Larras Articulos.   Susanne M. Zantop  

1983-84   Voice of a Generation, Generation of a Voice: Childhood in Herzen's Byloe I Dumy.   Margaret Morley Bullitt Anglo-Saxon Poetics of Translation: A Study in Guthlac and Phoenix.   Jonathan Fleming McKeage ARABESQUE: Narrative Structure and the Aesthetics of Repetition in the 1001 Nights Cycle of The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad   Sandra Naddaff Returning the Gaze: Walter Benjamin's Baudelaire Project.   Katherine T. Wallace-Casey The Heart of the Letter: Alegory in Edgar Allen Poe.   Liliane Weissberg  

Emily Dickinson and the Problem of Others.   Christopher Edward Gerald Benfey De Sirenibus: An Inquiry into Sirens from Homer to Shakespeare.   Siegfried Walter de Rachewiltz Ezra Pound and the Classical Tradition: Backgrounds and Formative Influences.   Richard Geoffrey Ingber  

Erasmus' Praise of Folly: A Renaissance Transformation of Socratic Irony.   Carmelita Louise Boivin-Cole The Deceptive Paradise: The Garden as Image of Self and Society in Medieval Romance.   Carol Margaret Taylor  

Henry James and Italy.   Audrey Hanssen Cicchetti A Portrait of the Artist: The Legends of Orpheus and Their Use in Medieval and Renaissance Aesthetics.   Elizabeth Affelder Newby Under Clouds of Poesy: Poetry and Truth in French and English Reworkings of the Aeneid, 1160-1513.   Jerome Edward Singerman Interpreting in Parables: The Mashal in Midrash, With Special Reference to Lamentations Rabba.   David Michael Stern  

The Mirage in the Mirror: Reflections in Nabokov's Ada.   Annapaola Cancogni Epics of the Lone Will: A Study of Travels in Arabia Deserta and Seven Pillars of Wisdom.   John Alexander Hamilton Theocritean Pastoral: A Study in the Definition of Genre.   Amy Edith Johnson  

Ideology and Narrative: A Study of Ding Ling's Fiction.   Yi-tsi Mei Feuerwerker "Trie thy braines to gaine a deitie": Christian Tragedy of the Fall.   William Lewis The Poet and the City: The Development of City Poetry in America , England and Continental Europe from about 1800 to about 1920.   Kristiaan Versluys  

A Critical Edition of Thomas Usk's Testament of Love.   John Leyerle The Quattrocento Dialogue: Classical Tradition and Humanist Innovation.   David Richard Marsh Afghan Oral Narrative: The Individual in Tradition.   Margaret Ann Mills The Eastern Question and the Fortunes of the Turkish Myth in England and France   Jale Parla HYPO KEUTHESI GAIES: Two Studies of the Art of the Phrase in Homer.   Richard Sacks The Eye's Plain Version: Studies in the Theory and Practice of Visual Form in Modern Poetry.   Carole Anne Taylor A Study in the Narrative Structure of Three Epic Poems: Gilgamesh, the Odyssey, and Beowulf.   Hope Nash Wolff  

The Lyre and the Oaten Flute: Garcilaso de la Vega and the Tradition of the Eclogue.   Dario O. Fernández-Morera "The Promis'd Hour": Dryden's Theory and Congreve's Art.   Katherine Lancelot Harrington "Passing the Love of Women": A Study of Gide's Saül and Its Biblical Roots.   Anne Lapidus Lerner Studies on the Context and Function of the senna in Early Germanic Narrative.   Joaquin Martinez-Pizarro Aeschylus and the Myth of the House of Atreus in European Literature to 1821.   Laimdota Mazzarins  

Balzac and the Folklore of Success.   Sara Bershtel Keats, Leopardi, and Hölderlin: The Poet as Priest of the Absolute.   Raymond Richard Fleming The Play and the Seen: Studies in Theatrical Self-Consciousness.   Matthew Anatole Gurewitsch Irreparabile tempus: A Study of Time in Virgil's Aeneid.   Barbara F. McManus Myth and the Modern Novel: Gabriel García Márquez, Thomas Mann, James Joyce.   David Michael Palencia-Roth The Dispute of Taste: Studies in the Notion of Taste in French Aesthetic and Moral Thought, 1660-1720.   Peter Charles Patrikis Instigations: Ezra Pound and Remy de Gourmont.   Richard Raymond Sieburth Du pittoresque à la politique: le voyage à Constantinople de Gérard de Nerval, Maxime DuCamp, Gustave Flaubert et Théophile Gautier.   Carolyn Fosdick Takahara  

El Desdichado: A Thematic Study of the Waverley Novels.   Richard Magill Blumenthal The Labyrinth: A Symbolic Structure in Modern Fiction.   Wendy Bush Faris The History and Myth of the Cossack Ukraine in Polish and Russian Romantic Literature.   George Gregory Grabowicz The Mist and the Cave: The Effect of Idealist Thought on the Techniques and Values of the Novel with Particular Reference to Conrad and Proust.   Margaret Morganroth Gullette Christ and Cybele: The Images and Thematic Structure in the Novels of François Mauriac.   Arthur Carl Holmberg Leonardo Bruni's Poliscena, A Latin Humanist Comedy of the Early Renaissance.   Jon Pearson Perry Rameau's Nephew and His Progeny: The Artist as Performer in E.T.A. Hoffmann and Balzac.   George Edgar Slusser The East-West Context of Shimazaki Toson's Shinsei (The New Life): A Study in the Modern Confessional Novel.   Janet Anderson Walker  

"Struggling Manfully with Distress": Attitudes to Poverty in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction.   Anna-Maria Kovacs A Cure for Love: A Generic Study of the Pastoral Idyll.   Steven Friemel Walker  

Language and Reality in Flaubert's Creative Process.   Charles Clarence Bernheimer Some Opinions of Cicero in Sixteenth Century France .   Jeffrey Martin Green Realism in Euripides.   Frances Coulborn Kohler Petrarch and Sixteenth Century English Poetic Language.   John Alan Roe  

The Novels of Henri Thomas.   Roger David Horwitz Literary Models in the Comedias bárbaras of Valle-Inclán.   Susan Kirkpatrick The Forest Life: A Study of the Influence of the Life of St. Giles on the Tristan Legend.   Ülle Erika Lewes The Prestige of Evil: The Murderer as Romantic Hero from Sade to Lacenaire.   Laurence Philip Senelick The Imaginary Journey as Apocalypse: A Study of French and Italian Visions of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.   Forrest Seymour Smith, Jr. Moses of the Mountain: Readings in Paul Valéry and D.H. Lawrence.   Francesca Gioanna von Broembsen Noia: Metaphysical Boredom in the Verse of the European Romantics.   Robert Harlow Waugh  

T.S. Eliot and Dante.   Dibyendu Kumar Banerjee The Pilgrim's Progress, Part One: Essays in the Sociology of Literature.   Ellen Jean Cantarow The Demon-Lover: The Theme of Demoniality in English and Continental Fiction of the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries.   Peter Donald Grudin Hebrew or Hellene?: Religious Ambivalence in Heine, Renan, and Arnold.   Peter Damian Heinegg Spenser and the Arts of Conduct.   Daniel Gilbert Javitch The Revaluation of the Heroic in Renaissance Epic: A Study of La Gerusalemme Liberata and Paradise Lost.   Judith Arons Kates Masks and Metamorphoses: A Study in the Renaissance Imagination.   Regina Mary Jane Kyle  

Gaston Bachelard and the Literary Imagination in France : The Elemental and the Oneiric.   Alan Michael Huberman The Notion of Tragedy: From Voltaire to A.C. Bradley.   Clayton Talmadge Koelb, Jr. Surrey 's Aeneid: Classical Imitation in the Early English Renaissance.   Jehudy Lindeman The Comedies of Ludovico Ariosto.   Irving Alan Portner Wordsworthian Themes and Patterns in George Eliot.   Deborah Heller Roazen Vision and Blindness in the Novels of André Malraux.   Brian Archer Thompson Ideal and Spleen: The Failure of Transcendent Vision in Romantic, Symbolist, and Modern Poetry.   Robert Mitchell Torrance Hofmannsthal and English Literature.   Winfried Ferdinand Weiss  

Theatrum Mundi: The History of an Idea.   Lynda Gregorian Christian Wordplay in Old English Poetry.   Roberta Frank Quest for Literary Resonance: Young Nagai Kaf and French Literature.   Mitsuko Maeda Iriye A Study of the Medley: Chinese Chantefable of the Late Twelfth Century.   Lily Chen Wang The Technique of Literary Allusion in the Novels of Virginia Woolf.   Jean Murdy Wyatt Creation of Atmosphere in the Novels of Hawthorne, Faulkner, and Julien Green.   Marie-Antoinette Untereiner Zrimc  

The Grotesque in Paul van Ostaijen's Creative Prose.   Eric Montague Beekman Hamlet , Poland and Wyspia ski: A History of Hamlet in Poland until l904.   Nancy Zilboorg Dworsky Georges Pitoëff and the Mise en Scène of Hamlet.   Donald Haverstick Goodyear, Jr. The Literature of the Air: Themes and Imagery in the Work of Faulkner, Saint-Exupery, and Gaiser.   Friedrich Peter Ott Thomas Mann: Form and Biography.   Maire Jaanus Said The Reconstructive Mode in Fiction: A Study of Faulkner and the French New Novel.   Arnold Louis Weinstein Prison Imagery in the Works of Franz Kafka and Albert Camus.   Mary Ann Frese Witt  

Strophic Form in Medieval Lyric: A formal-comparative study of the German strophes of the Carmina Burana.   Bruce Alan Beatie The North American Review, 1815-1860: A Study in the Reception of German-American Cultural Relations.   Richard Arthur Fird Alfred Döblin and Dostoevsky: Patterns of Literary Reaction.   Rita M. Hausammann Steps towards the Phenomenological Novel: Narrative Consciousness in the Works of Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Alain Robbe-Grillet.   George Herbert Szanto  

La Nuova Arcadia Rusticana: A Study of the Works of Angelo Beolco called Ruzante.   Nancy Dorothy Dersofi A Theater of Metaphor: A Study of the Japanese N Form.   Frank Paul Hoff Classical Greece and the Poetry of Chénier, Shelley, and Leopardi.   Stephen Joseph Rogers, Jr. More than Mortal Privilege: A Study of Rousseau's Confessions and The Prelude.   Margery Mauser Sabin  

The Adjective and the Verb in The Lusiads of Camões: A Critical Analysis and Interpretation Preceded by A Survey of Camonean Criticism.   Leonidas Querubim Avelino, S.J The Novel of Worldliness.   Peter Preston Brooks A Comparative Study of the Structure and Meaning of Chretien de Troyes' Yvain, Hartmann von Aue's Iwein, and the Middle English Ywain and Gawain.   Ojars Kratins Roman Holiday Humor: The Plays of Plautus as Festival Comedy.   Erich Segal Sibyl and Sphinx: Themes of Identity and Knowledge in Hawthorne .   Jac Lyndon Tharpe  

The Ming Ch'uan-Ch'i Drama: Anatomy of a Popular Theatre.   Lily Oan Shau Chou Paracelsus and the Rhetoric of Substitution.   Joseph Birdsall Dallett The Virgilian Version of Pastoral.   Charles Emmanuel Fantazzi Strindberg and the Problem of Suffering.   Barry Douglas Jacobs Conrad's Settings: A Study of Descriptive Style.   Irmina Teresa Laskowski Views of Time in Shakespeare.   Ricardo Joseph Quinones  

The Buke of the Sevyne Sagis: Edited from the Asloan Manuscript, with Introduction, Notes, and Glossary.   David Knight Crowne Jakob Bidermann, Cenodoxus and Baroque Latin.   Gerald Pierce Fitzgerald The Pan Motif in Modern English Literature.   Patricia Merivale Aspects of the Later Plays of Euripides.   Christian George Wolff  

A Rogue's Progress: Studies in the Picaresque Novel.   Robert B. Alter Dostoevsky and Romantic Realism (Balzac, Dickens, Gogol).   Donald L. Fanger L'Esthétique de la Poésie de Gérard de Nerval.   George R. Humphrey Parody in the Late Works of Thomas Mann.   Eva Schiffer The Needs of a Man: A Study of the Formation of Themes, Characters and Style in the Work of John Dos Passos.   Anthony Winner Latin Satire: The Classical Genre and its Medieval Developments.   Edward Charles Witke Elektra by Sophocles: The Dialectical Design.   Thomas Marion Woodard  

Stendhal and the Uses of Irony.   John H. Atherton The Post-Romantic Predicament: A Study in the Poetry of Mallarmé and Yeats.   Paul Michael deMan Hesiod's Works and Days: An Exemplar of the Ancient Greek Oral Style.   Berkley Peabody The Use of the Theatre for the Presentation of Metaphysical Ideas: A Comparative Study of William Butler Yeats and Paul Claudel.   Elsie W. Wiedner  

The Transmigration of Form: Recurrent Patterns of Imagination in the Odyssey and the Aeneid.   Albert A. Berman Myth, Rite, and Symbol in the Odyssey.   Howard W. Clarke Praisers of Folly: Erasmus, Rabelais, and Shakespeare.   Walter Kaiser The Critical Reception of André Gide in Sweden .   Eleanor E. Murdock The Flight of the Seagull: Chekhov's Plays on the English Stage.   Robert E. Tracy  

Aristophanes: The Comedy of Issues.   Arnold Joseph Band Icarus: The Self-Image of the Artist in French Literature (1820-1870).   Maurice Zorensky Shroder The Prose Poem: A Study of Genre in Nineteenth Century European Literature.   John Ivan Simon  

Point of View in Fiction: Studies of Narrative Techniques.   Leo Bersani The Figure of the Poet in Renaissance Epic.   Robert M. Durling Materials for the Study of Pound's Cantos.   Achilles Fang Perspective and Characterization in the Works of Robert Musil.   Burton E. Pike  

Virginia Woolf as a Critic.   Mary Copeland Lyon  

Spenser, Ronsard and Du Bellay: A Comparative Study.   Alfred Wanner Satterthwaite  

George Moore's Development as a Novelist in Relation to French Realism.   Dorothy Anne Hicks Lee Nature and the Idea of Nature in Twentieth-century British Poetry.   Harold Clark Martin Lydgate's Siege of Thebes: A Study in the Art of Adaption.   Alain Renoir The Fiction of Ivan Bunin: A Critical Study.   Edward Wasiolek  

The Chronology of Pindar's Persian War and Sicilian Odes.   Howard Curtis Bennett, Jr. American Classics in Soviet Criticism.   John Codman Fiske La Queste Del Saint Graal: A Structural Analysis.   Frederick William Locke Alfred de Vigny and Anti-Romanticism.   Irving Joseph Massey The Composition of Turgenev's Novels.   Ralph Eugene Matlaw  

The San-Yen Collections: A Study of the Colloquial Short Story in Seventeenth-century China.   John Lyman Bishop The Anatomies of Roguery: A Comparative Study in the Origins and the Nature of Picaresque Literature.   Claudio Guillén  

Julio Herrera y Reissig: A Symbolist Poet.   Bernardo Gicovate  

The Classical Influence in Matthew Prior's Poetry.   Alfred Brandon Conron  

Literature and Society in the Critical Theory of V.G. Belinski (181l-1848).   Herbert Eugene Bowman Tiutchev and Germany: The Relationship of his poetry to German Literature and Culture.   William Ames Coates  

The Letters of Franz Liszt to Marie Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein.   Howard Eppens Hugo The Singer of Tales: A Study in the Processes of Composition of Yugoslav, Greek and Germanic Oral Narrative Poetry.   Albert Bates Lord  

Les Voyageurs Français au États-Unis pendant la Première Moitié du Dix-neuvième Siècle.   Elisabeth Meredith Rodrigue  

The Reception of Pindar in Germany during the Eighteenth Century.   Gleason Leonard Archer, Jr.  

The Influence of Goethe, Schiller, and E.T.A. Hoffmann in Russia , 1800-1840.   Charles Edward Passage  

The Beginnings of Poetry in Southern Europe Allegory in Edgar Allan Poe.   Nazzareno Francesco Cedrone  

The Avicienna Legend.   Duncan Black Macdonald Emrich  

An Old French Life of Saint Agnes, and other Vernacular Versions of the Middle Ages.   Alexander Joseph Denomy, Jr.  

Die Diesseits-Jenseits Spannung in der Englischen Barocklyrik.   Werner Paul Friederich  

Two J Versions of the Historia preliis in Italian Prose, with an Edition of the Nobili fatti che ff'e Alesandro di Macedonia, from MS. II, I, 62, of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.   Charles Arthur Messner  

Amadas et Ydoine: A Study in Comparative Literature.   John Revell Reinhard  

The Development of Plot and Characterization in Early Greek and Early Elizabethan Tragedy, with Especial Reference to Aeschylus and Marlowe.   James Buell Munn  

The Contribution of G. F. Müller to Russian Historiography, with Some Consideration of A.L. Schlözer.   Samuel Hazzard Cross The Mediaeval Conception of Tragedy and Comedy Amos Philip McMahon  

The Relation of Giacomo Leopardi to Classical Antiquity.   John Van Horne Christine de Pisan and the Victorine Revival: An Essay on Some of the Mediaeval Elements in French Classical Criticism.   Maud Elizabeth Temple, A.M.  

The Supernatural in Tragedy.   Charles Edward Whitmore  

The Relations between Prose and Metrical Composition in Old Norse Literature.   Henry Adams Bellows The Comedies of Holberg: A Study in Comparative Literature.   Oscar James Campbell, Jr. Mediaeval Visions of the Other World.   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana  

Some Notes on Italian Borrowings from England in the Eighteenth Century.   Arthur Beckwith Myrick

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Writing a research proposal for the PhD in English Literature

You apply for the PhD in English Literature through the University’s online Degree Finder. Here is our guidance on how to write an effective application.

The two elements of an application that are most useful to us when we consider a candidate for the PhD in English Literature are the sample of written work and the research proposal.

You will probably choose your sample of written work from an already-completed undergraduate or masters-level dissertation or term-paper.

Your research proposal will be something new. It will describe the project that you want to complete for your PhD.

Your research proposal

Take your time in composing your research proposal, carefully considering the requirements outlined below. Your proposal should not be more than 2,000 words .

PhD degrees are awarded on the basis of a thesis of up to 100,000 words. The ‘Summary of roles and responsibilities’ in the University’s Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students stipulates what a research thesis must do. 

Take me to the Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students (August 2020)

It is in the nature of research that, when you begin, you don’t know what you’ll find. This means that your project is bound to change over the time that you spend on it.

In submitting your research proposal, you are not committing yourself absolutely to completing exactly the project it describes in the event that you are accepted. Nevertheless, with the above points in mind, your research proposal should include the following elements, though not necessarily in this order:

1. An account of the body of primary texts that your thesis will examine. This may be work by one author, or several, or many, depending on the nature of the project. It is very unlikely to consist of a single text, however, unless that text is unusually compendious (The Canterbury Tales) or unusually demanding (Finnegans Wake). Unless your range of texts consists in the complete oeuvre of a single writer, you should explain why these texts are the ones that need to be examined in order to make your particular argument.

2. An identification of the existing field or fields of criticism and scholarship of which you will need to gain an ‘adequate knowledge’ in order to complete your thesis. This must include work in existing literary criticism, broadly understood. Usually this will consist of criticism or scholarship on the works or author(s) in question. In the case of very recent writing, or writing marginal to the established literary canon, on which there may be little or no existing critical work, it might include literary criticism written on other works or authors in the same period, or related work in the same mode or genre, or some other exercise of literary criticism that can serve as a reference point for your engagement with this new material.

The areas of scholarship on which you draw are also likely to include work in other disciplines, however. Most usually, these will be arguments in philosophy or critical theory that have informed, or could inform, the critical debate around your primary texts, or may have informed the texts themselves; and/or the historiography of the period in which your texts were written or received. But we are ready to consider the possible relevance of any other body of knowledge to literary criticism, as long as it is one with which you are sufficiently familiar, or could become sufficiently familiar within the period of your degree, for it to serve a meaningful role in your argument.

3. The questions or problems that the argument of your thesis will address; the methods you will adopt to answer those questions or explain those problems; and some explanation of why this particular methodology is the appropriate means of doing so. The problem could take many forms: a simple gap in the existing scholarship that you will fill; a misleading approach to the primary material that you will correct; or a difficulty in the relation of the existing scholarship to theoretical/philosophical, historiographical, or other disciplinary contexts, for example. But in any case, your thesis must engage critically with the scholarship of others by mounting an original argument in relation to the existing work in your field or fields. In this way your project must go beyond the summarising of already-existing knowledge.

4. Finally, your proposal should include a provisional timetable , describing the stages through which you hope your research will move over the course of your degree. It is crucial that, on the one hand, your chosen topic should be substantial enough to require around 80,000 words for its full exploration; and, on the other hand, that it has clear limits which would allow it to be completed in three years.

When drawing up this timetable, keep in mind that these word limits, and these time constraints, will require you to complete 25–30,000 words of your thesis in each of the years of your degree. If you intend to undertake your degree on a part-time basis, the amount of time available simply doubles.

In composing your research proposal you are already beginning the work that could lead, if you are accepted, to the award of a PhD degree. Regard it, then, as a chance to refine and focus your ideas, so that you can set immediately to work in an efficient manner on entry to university. But it bears repeating that that your project is bound to evolve beyond the project described in your proposal in ways that you cannot at this stage predict. No-one can know, when they begin any research work, where exactly it will take them. That provides much of the pleasure of research, for the most distinguished professor as much as for the first-year PhD student. If you are accepted as a candidate in this department, you will be joining a community of scholars still motivated by the thrill of finding and saying something new.

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Theses/dissertations from 2022 2022.

Using Movie Clips to Understand Vivid-Phrasal Idioms’ Meanings , Rasha Salem S. Alghamdi

An Exercise in Exceptions: Personhood, Divergency, and Ableism in the STAR TREK Franchise , Jessica A. Blackman

Vulnerable Resistance in Victorian Women’s Writing , Stephanie A. Harper

Curricular Assemblages: Understanding Student Writing Knowledge (Re)circulation Across Genres , Adam Phillips

PAD Beyond the Classroom: Integrating PAD in the Scrum Workplace , Jade S. Weiss

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Social Cues in Animated Pedagogical Agents for Second Language Learners: the Application of The Embodiment Principle in Video Design , Sahar M. Alyahya

A Field-Wide Examination of Cross-Listed Courses in Technical Professional Communication , Carolyn M. Gubala

Labor-Based Grading Contracts in the Multilingual FYC Classroom: Unpacking the Variables , Kara Kristina Larson

Land Goddesses, Divine Pigs, and Royal Tricksters: Subversive Mythologies and Imperialist Land Ownership Dispossession in Twentieth Century Irish and American Literature , Elizabeth Ricketts

Oppression, Resistance, and Empowerment: The Power Dynamics of Naming and Un-naming in African American Literature, 1794 to 2019 , Melissa "Maggie" Romigh

Generic Expectations in First Year Writing: Teaching Metadiscoursal Reflection and Revision Strategies for Increased Generic Uptake of Academic Writing , Kaelah Rose Scheff

Reframing the Gothic: Race, Gender, & Disability in Multiethnic Literature , Ashely B. Tisdale

Intersections of Race and Place in Short Fiction by New Orleans Gens de Couleur Libres , Adrienne D. Vivian

Mental Illness Diagnosis and the Construction of Stigma , Katie Lynn Walkup

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Rhetorical Roundhouse Kicks: Tae Kwon Do Pumsae Practice and Non-Western Embodied Topoi , Spencer Todd Bennington

9/11 Then and Now: How the Performance of Memorial Rhetoric by Presidents Changes to Construct Heroes , Kristen M. Grafton

Kinesthetically Speaking: Human and Animal Communication in British Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century , Dana Jolene Laitinen

Exploring Refugee Students’ Second Language (L2) Motivational Selves through Digital Visual Representations , Nhu Le

Glamour in Contemporary American Cinema , Shauna A. Maragh

Instrumentalization Theory: An Analytical Heuristic for a Heightened Social Awareness of Machine Learning Algorithms in Social Media , Andrew R. Miller

Intercessory Power: A Literary Analysis of Ethics and Care in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon , Alice Walker’s Meridian , and Toni Cade Bambara’s Those Bones Are Not My Child , Kelly Mills

The Power of Non-Compliant Logos: A New Materialist Approach to Comic Studies , Stephanie N. Phillips

Female Identity and Sexuality in Contemporary Indonesian Novels , Zita Rarastesa

"The Fiery Furnaces of Hell": Rhetorical Dynamism in Youngstown, OH , Joshua M. Rea

“We developed solidarity”: Family, Race, Identity, and Space-Time in Recent Multiethnic U.S. American Fiction , Kimber L. Wiggs

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Remembrance of a Wound: Ethical Mourning in the Works of Ana Menéndez, Elías Miguel Muñoz, and Junot Díaz , José Aparicio

Taking an “Ecological Turn” in the Evaluation of Rhetorical Interventions , Peter Cannon

New GTA’s and the Pre-Semester Orientation: The Need for Informed Refinement , Jessica L. Griffith

Reading Rape and Answering with Empathy: A New Approach to Sexual Assault Education for College Students , Brianna Jerman

The Karoo , The Veld , and the Co-Op: The Farm as Microcosm and Place for Change in Schreiner, Lessing, and Head , Elana D. Karshmer

"The weak are meat, and the strong do eat"; Representations of the Slaughterhouse in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature , Stephanie Lance

Language of Carnival: How Language and the Carnivalesque Challenge Hegemony , Yulia O. Nekrashevich

Queer Authority in Old and Middle English Literature , Elan J. Pavlinich

Because My Garmin Told Me To: A New Materialist Study of Agency and Wearable Technology , Michael Repici

No One Wants to Read What You Write: A Contextualized Analysis of Service Course Assignments , Tanya P. Zarlengo

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Beauty and the Beasts: Making Places with Literary Animals of Florida , Haili A. Alcorn

The Medievalizing Process: Religious Medievalism in Romantic and Victorian Literature , Timothy M. Curran

Seeing Trauma: The Known and the Hidden in Nineteenth-Century Literature , Alisa M. DeBorde

Analysis of User Interfaces in the Sharing Economy , Taylor B. Johnson

Border-Crossing Travels Across Literary Worlds: My Shamanic Conscientization , Scott Neumeister

The Spectacle of The Bomb: Rhetorical Analysis of Risk of The Nevada Test Site in Technical Communication, Popular Press, and Pop Culture , Tiffany Wilgar

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Traveling Women and Consuming Place in Eighteenth-Century Travel Letters and Journals , Cassie Patricia Childs

“The Nations of the Field and Wood”: The Uncertain Ontology of Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Literature , J. Kevin Jordan

Modern Mythologies: The Epic Imagination in Contemporary Indian Literature , Sucheta Kanjilal

Science in the Sun: How Science is Performed as a Spatial Practice , Natalie Kass

Body as Text: Physiognomy on the Early English Stage , Curtis Le Van

Tensions Between Democracy and Expertise in the Florida Keys , Elizabeth A. Loyer

Institutional Review Boards and Writing Studies Research: A Justice-Oriented Study , Johanna Phelps-Hillen

The Spirit of Friendship: Girlfriends in Contemporary African American Literature , Tangela La'Chelle Serls

Aphra Behn on the Contemporary Stage: Behn's Feminist Legacy and Woman-Directed Revivals of The Rover , Nicole Elizabeth Stodard

(Age)ncy in Composition Studies , Alaina Tackitt

Constructing Health Narratives: Patient Feedback in Online Communities , Katie Lynn Walkup

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Rupturing the World of Elite Athletics: A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis of the Suspension of the 2011 IAAF Regulations on Hyperandrogenism , Ella Browning

Shaping Climate Citizenship: The Ethics of Inclusion in Climate Change Communication and Policy , Lauren E. Cagle

Drop, Cover, and Hold On: Analyzing FEMA's Risk Communication through Visual Rhetoric , Samantha Jo Cosgrove

Material Expertise: Applying Object-oriented Rhetoric in Marine Policy , Zachary Parke Dixon

The Non-Identical Anglophone Bildungsroman : From the Categorical to the De-Centering Literary Subject in the Black Atlantic , Jarad Heath Fennell

Instattack: Instagram and Visual Ad Hominem Political Arguments , Sophia Evangeline Gourgiotis

Hospitable Climates: Representations of the West Indies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature , Marisa Carmen Iglesias

Chosen Champions: Medieval and Early Modern Heroes as Postcolonial Reactions to Tensions between England and Europe , Jessica Trant Labossiere

Science, Policy, and Decision Making: A Case Study of Deliberative Rhetoric and Policymaking for Coastal Adaptation in Southeast Florida , Karen Patricia Langbehn

A New Materialist Approach to Visual Rhetoric in PhotoShopBattles , Jonathan Paul Ray

Tracing the Material: Spaces and Objects in British and Irish Modernist Novels , Mary Allison Wise

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Representations of Gatsby: Ninety Years of Retrospective , Christine Anne Auger

Robust, Low Power, Discrete Gate Sizing , Anthony Joseph Casagrande

Wrestling with Angels: Postsecular Contemporary American Poetry , Paul T. Corrigan

#networkedglobe: Making the Connection between Social Media and Intercultural Technical Communication , Laura Anne Ewing

Evidence of Things Not Seen: A Semi-Automated Descriptive Phrase and Frame Analysis of Texts about the Herbicide Agent Orange , Sarah Beth Hopton

'She Shall Not Be Moved': Black Women's Spiritual Practice in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Paradise, and Home , Rondrea Danielle Mathis

Relational Agency, Networked Technology, and the Social Media Aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombing , Megan M. Mcintyre

Now, We Hear Through a Voice Darkly: New Media and Narratology in Cinematic Art , James Anthony Ricci

Navigating Collective Activity Systems: An Approach Towards Rhetorical Inquiry , Katherine Jesse Royce

Women's Narratives of Confinement: Domestic Chores as Threads of Resistance and Healing , Jacqueline Marie Smith

Domestic Spaces in Transition: Modern Representations of Dwelling in the Texts of Elizabeth Bowen , Shannon Tivnan

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Paradise Always Already Lost: Myth, Memory, and Matter in English Literature , Elizabeth Stuart Angello

Overcoming the 5th-Century BCE Epistemological Tragedy: A Productive Reading of Protagoras of Abdera , Ryan Alan Blank

Acts of Rebellion: The Rhetoric of Rogue Cinema , Adam Breckenridge

Material and Textual Spaces in the Poetry of Montagu, Leapor, Barbauld, and Robinson , Jessica Lauren Cook

Decolonizing Shakespeare: Race, Gender, and Colonialism in Three Adaptations of Three Plays by William Shakespeare , Angela Eward-Mangione

Risk of Compliance: Tracing Safety and Efficacy in Mef-Lariam's Licensure , Julie Marie Gerdes

Beyond Performance: Rhetoric, Collective Memory, and the Motive of Imprinting Identity , Brenda M. Grau

Subversive Beauty - Victorian Bodies of Expression , Lisa Michelle Hoffman-Reyes

Integrating Reading and Writing For Florida's ESOL Program , George Douglas Mcarthur

Responsibility and Responsiveness in the Novels of Ann Radcliffe and Mary Shelley , Katherine Marie McGee

Ghosts, Orphans, and Outlaws: History, Family, and the Law in Toni Morrison's Fiction , Jessica Mckee

The "Defective" Generation: Disability in Modernist Literature , Deborah Susan Mcleod

Science Fiction/Fantasy and the Representation of Ethnic Futurity , Joy Ann Sanchez-Taylor

Hermes, Technical Communicator of the Gods: The Theory, Design, and Creation of a Persuasive Game for Technical Communication , Eric Walsh

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Rhetorical Spirits: Spirituality as Rhetorical Device in New Age Womanist of Color Texts , Ronisha Witlee Browdy

Disciplinarity, Crisis, and Opportunity in Technical Communication , Jason Robert Carabelli

The Terror of Possibility: A Re-evaluation and Reconception of the Sublime Aesthetic , Kurt Fawver

Unbearable Weight, Unbearable Witness: The (Im)possibility of Witnessing Eating Disorders in Cyberspace , Kristen Nicole Gay

the post- 9/11 aesthetic: repositioning the zombie film in the horror genre , Alan Edward Green, Jr.

An(other) Rhetoric: Rhetoric, Ethics, and the Rhetorical Tradition , Kathleen Sandell Hardesty

Mapping Dissertation Genre Ecology , Kate Lisbeth Pantelides

Dead Man's Switch: Disaster Rhetorics in a Posthuman Age , Daniel Patrick Richards

"Of That Transfigured World" : Realism and Fantasy in Victorian Literature , Benjamin Jude Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Failed Heroes: Hypermasculinity in the Contemporary American Novel , Josef D. Benson

Electronic Peer Feedback in a Collaborative Classroom , Cassandra A. Branham

"Free Your Mind . . . and the Rest Will Follow": A Secularly Contemplative Approach To Teaching High School English , Kendra Nicole Bryant

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The English Department Dissertations and Theses Series is comprised of dissertations and thesis authored by Marquette University's English Department doctoral and master's students.

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Gonzo Eternal , John Francis Brick

Intertextuality and Sociopolitical Engagement in Contemporary Anglophone Women’s Writing , Jackielee Derks

Innovation, Genre, and Authenticity in the Nineteenth-Century Irish Novel , David Aiden Kenney II

Reluctant Sons: The Irish Matrilineal Tradition of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and Flann O’Brien , Jessie Wirkus Haynes

Britain's Extraterrestrial Empire: Colonial Ambition, Anxiety, and Ambivalence in Early Modern Literature , Mark Edward Wisniewski

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Re-Reading the “Culture Clash”: Alternative Ways of Reading in Indian Horse , Hailey Whetten

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

When the Foreign Became Familiar: Modernism, Expatriation, and Spatial Identities in the Twentieth Century , Danielle Kristene Clapham

Reforming Victorian Sense/Abilities: Disabilities in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Social Problem Novels , Hunter Nicole Duncan

Genre and Loss: The Impossibility of Restoration in 20th Century Detective Fiction , Kathryn Hendrickson

A Productive Failure: Existentialism in Fin de Siècle England , Maxwell Patchet

Inquiry and Provocation: The Use of Ambiguity in Sixteenth-Century English Political Satire , Jason James Zirbel

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

No Home but the World: Forced Migration and Transnational Identity , Justice Hagan

The City As a Trap: 20th and 21st Century American Literature and the American Myth of Mobility , Andrew Joseph Hoffmann

The Fantastic and the First World War , Brian Kenna

Insane in the Brain, Blood, and Lungs: Gender-Specific Manifestations of Hysteria, Chlorosis, & Consumption in 19th-Century Literature , Anna P. Scanlon

Reading Multicultural Novels Melancholically: Racial Grief and Grievance in the Joy Luck Club, Beloved, and Anil's Ghost , Jennifer Arias Sweeney

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

The Ethos of Dissent: Epideictic Rhetoric and the Democratic Function of American Protest and Countercultural Literature , Jeffrey Lorino Jr

Literary Cosmopolitanisms of Salman Rushdie, Amitav Ghosh, and Arundhati Roy , Sunil Samuel Macwan

The View from Here: Toward a Sissy Critique , Tyler Monson

The Forbidden Zone Writers: Femininity and Anglophone Women War Writers of the Great War , Sareene Proodian

Theatrical Weddings and Pious Frauds: Performance and Law in Victorian Marriage Plots , Adrianne A. Wojcik

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Changing the Victorian Habit Loop: The Body in the Poetry and Painting of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris , Bryan Gast

Gendering Scientific Discourse from 1790-1830: Erasmus Darwin, Thomas Beddoes, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Marcet , Bridget E. Kapler

Discarding Dreams and Legends: The Short Fiction of Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Flannery O’Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, and Eudora Welty , Katy L. Leedy

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Saving the Grotesque: The Grotesque System of Liberation in British Modernism (1922-1932) , Matthew Henningsen

The Pulpit's Muse: Conversive Poetics in the American Renaissance , Michael William Keller

A Single Man of Good Fortune: Postmodern Identities and Consumerism in the New Novel of Manners , Bonnie McLean

Julian of Norwich: Voicing the Vernacular , Therese Elaine Novotny

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Homecomings: Victorian British Women Travel Writers And Revisions Of Domesticity , Emily Paige Blaser

From Pastorals to Paterson: Ecology in the Poetry and Poetics of William Carlos WIlliams , Daniel Edmund Burke

Argument in Poetry: (Re)Defining the Middle English Debate in Academic, Popular, and Physical Contexts , Kathleen R. Burt

Apocalyptic Mentalities in Late-Medieval England , Steven A. Hackbarth

The Creation of Heaven in the Middle Ages , William Storm

(re)making The Gentleman: Genteel Masculinities And The Country Estate In The Novels Of Charlotte Smith, Jane Austen, And Elizabeth Gaskell , Shaunna Kay Wilkinson

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Brides, Department Stores, Westerns, and Scrapbooks--The Everyday Lives of Teenage Girls in the 1940s , Carly Anger

Placed People: Rootedness in G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and Wendell Berry , David Harden

Rhetorics Of Girlhood Trauma In Writing By Holly Goddard Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Cisneros, And Jamaica Kincaid , Stephanie Marie Stella

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

A Victorian Christmas in Hell: Yuletide Ghosts and Necessary Pleasures in the Age of Capital , Brandon Chitwood

"Be-Holde the First Acte of this Tragedy" : Generic Symbiosis and Cross-Pollination in Jacobean Drama and the Early Modern Prose Novella , Karen Ann Zyck Galbraith

Pamela: Or, Virtue Reworded: The Texts, Paratexts, and Revisions that Redefine Samuel Richardson's Pamela , Jarrod Hurlbert

Violence and Masculinity in American Fiction, 1950-1975 , Magdalen McKinley

Gender Politics in the Novels of Eliza Haywood , Susan Muse

Destabilizing Tradition: Gender, Sexuality, and Postnational Identity in Four Novels by Irish Women, 1960-2000 , Sarah Nestor

Truth Telling: Testimony and Evidence in the Novels of Elizabeth Gaskell , Rebecca Parker Fedewa

Spirit of the Psyche: Carl Jung's and Victor White's Influence on Flannery O'Connor's Fiction , Paul Wakeman

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Performing the Audience: Constructing Playgoing in Early Modern Drama , Eric Dunnum

Paule Marshall's Critique of Contemporary Neo-Imperialisms Through the Trope of Travel , Michelle Miesen Felix

Hermeneutics, Poetry, and Spenser: Augustinian Exegesis and the Renaissance Epic , Denna Iammarino-Falhamer

Encompassing the Intolerable: Laughter, Memory, and Inscription in the Fiction of John McGahern , John Keegan Malloy

Regional Consciousness in American Literature, 1860-1930 , Kelsey Louise Squire

The Ethics of Ekphrasis: The Turn to Responsible Rhetoric in Mid-Twentieth Century American Poetry , Joshua Scott Steffey

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Cognitive Architectures: Structures of Passion in Joanna Baillie's Dramas , Daniel James Bergen

On Trial: Restorative Justice in the Godwin-Wollstonecraft-Shelley Family Fictions , Colleen M. Fenno

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

What's the point to eschatology : multiple religions and terminality in James Joyce's Finnegans wake , Martin R. Brick

Economizing Characters: Harriet Martineau and the Problems of Poverty in Victorian Literature, Culture and Law , Mary Colleen Willenbring

Submissions from 2008 2008

"An improbable fiction": The marriage of history and romance in Shakespeare's Henriad , Marcia Eppich-Harris

Bearing the Mark of the Social: Notes Towards a Cosmopolitan Bildungsroman , Megan M. Muthupandiyan

The Gothic Novel and the Invention of the Middle-Class Reader: Northanger Abbey As Case Study , Tenille Nowak

Not Just a Novel of Epic Proportions: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man As Modern American Epic , Dana Edwards Prodoehl

Recovering the Radicals: Women Writers, Reform, and Nationalist Modes of Revolutionary Discourse , Mark J. Zunac

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

"The Sweet and the Bitter": Death and Dying in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings , Amy M. Amendt-Raduege

The Games Men Play: Madness and Masculinity in Post-World War II American Fiction, 1946-1964 , Thomas P. Durkin

Denise Levertov: Through An Ecofeminist Lens , Katherine A. Hanson

The Wit of Wrestling: Devotional-Aesthetic Tradition in Christina Rossetti's Poetry , Maria M.E. Keaton

Genderless Bodies: Stigma and the Myth of Womanhood , Ellen M. Letizia

Envy and Jealousy in the Novels of the Brontës: A Synoptic Discernment , Margaret Ann McCann

Technologies of the Late Medieval Self: Ineffability, Distance, and Subjectivity in the Book of Margery Kempe , Crystal L. Mueller

"Finding-- a Map-- to That Place Called Home": The Journey from Silence to Recovery in Patrick McCabe's Carn and Breakfast on Pluto , Valerie A. Murrenus Pilmaier

Emily Dickinson's Ecocentric Pastoralism , Moon-ju Shin

The American Jeremiad in Civil War Literature , Jacob Hadley Stratman

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

Literary Art in Times of Crisis: The Proto-Totalitarian Anxiety of Melville, James, and Twain , Matthew J. Darling

(Re) Writing Genre: Narrative Conventions and Race in the Novels of Toni Morrison , Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert

"Amsolookly Kersse": Clothing in Finnegan's Wake , Catherine Simpson Kalish

"Do Your Will": Shakespeare's Use of the Rhetoric of Seduction in Four Plays , Jason James Nado

Woman in Emblem: Locating Authority in the Work and Identity of Katherine Philips (1632-1664) , Susan L. Stafinbil

When the Bough Breaks: Poetry on Abortion , Wendy A. Weaver

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Heroic Destruction: Shame and Guilt Cultures in Medieval Heroic Poetry , Karl E. Boehler

Poe and Early (Un)American Drama , Amy C. Branam

Grammars of Assent: Constructing Poetic Authority in An Age of Science , William Myles Carroll III

This Place is Not a Place: The Constructed Scene in the Works of Sir Walter Scott , Colin J. Marlaire

Cognitive Narratology: A Practical Approach to the Reader-Writer Relationship , Debra Ann Ripley

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

Defoe and the Pirates: Function of Genre Conventions in Raiding Narratives , William J. Dezoma

Creative Discourse in the Eighteenth-Century Courtship Novel , Michelle Ruggaber Dougherty

Exclusionary Politics: Mourning and Modernism in the Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Amy Levy, and Charlotte Mew , Donna Decker Schuster

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

Toward a Re-Formed Confession: Johann Gerhard's Sacred Meditations and "Repining Restlessnesse" in the Poetry of George Herbert , Erik P. Ankerberg

Idiographic Spaces: Representation, Ideology and Realism in the Postmodern British Novel , Gordon B. McConnell

Theses/Dissertations from 2002 2002

Reading into It: Wallace Stegner's Novelistic Sense of Time and Place , Colin C. Irvine

Brisbane and Beyond: Revising Social Capitalism in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America , Michael C. Mattek

Theses/Dissertations from 2001 2001

Christians and Mimics in W. B. Yeats' Collected Poems , Patrick Mulrooney

Renaissance Roles and the Process of Social Change , John Wieland

'Straunge Disguize': Allegory and Its Discontents in Spenser's Faerie Queene , Galina Ivanovna Yermolenko

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

Reading American Women's Autobiography: Spheres of Identity, Spheres of Influence , Amy C. Getty

"Making Strange": The Art and Science of Selfhood in the Works of John Banville , Heather Maureen Moran

Writing Guadalupe: Mediacion and (mis)translation in borderland text(o)s , Jenny T Olin-Shanahan

Writing Guadalupe: Mediacion and (Mis)Translation in Borderland Text(o)s , Jenny T. Olin-Shanahan

Theses/Dissertations from 1999 1999

Setting the Word Against the Word: The Search for Self-Understanding in Richard II , Richard J. Erable

The Contribution of Normative Expectations to Chronic Stress: A Focus on Stress in Clergy and Seminary Students' Wives , Anne Huebner

Contextualizing Spiritual Authority in 'The Book of Margery Kempe' , Mary L. Morse

The depiction of religion in eighteenth-century English literature from Swift to Johnson , Beverly Trescott Mueller

The Problem of Obscurity in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens , Charles Puthota

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Addyman, Mary (2016) 'All bundled together in endless confusion’ : museums, collecting and material practices in late Victorian culture. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Adjei, Cassie (2015) Duality, genre and the "Modern Mulatto" : bresponse and representation in contemporary British fiction. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Alhathlool, Khalid (2013) "Attachment to the soil and aspiration toward departure" : tradition, modernity, cosmopolitanism, globalisation & identity in Amin Maalouf. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Angelov, Dimitar (2008) Language, selfhood and otherness in the works of D. H. Lawrence. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Akel, Regina (2007) The journals of Maria Graham (1785-1842). PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Ashby, Kevin John (1998) Disciplines of the king : Arthurianism, historiography, poetics and surveillance in Tennyson's Idylls of the king (1859). PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Attridge, Steve (1993) The soldier in late Victorian society : images and ambiguities. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Andermahr, Sonya (1993) Difference, identification and desire : contemporary lesbian genre fiction. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Armitt, Lucie (1992) Pushing back the limits: the fantastic as transgression in contemporary women's fiction. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Al-Issa, Ahmad (1989) Polyphony and the anxiety of influence in the fiction of Henry James. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Aston, Elaine (1987) Outside the doll's house : a study in images of women in English and French theatre, 1848-1914. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Audette, Florestine (1979) Religious elements in Marlowe's 'Tamburlaine'. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Bondré, Natasha (2020) Reading ‘Emperor Oil’ in the expanded Caribbean : petroleum, ecology and Caribbean literature in the twentieth century. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Bailey, Thomasin Mary (2020) Authority and influence in Lady Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Bibizadeh, Roxanne Ellen (2019) Freedom and unfreedom in the literature of the Iranian and Arab diaspora. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Borg Cardona, Karen (2018) The failed quest in contemporary world literature. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Breidenbach, Birgit (2017) Stimmung and modernity: the aesthetic philosophy of mood in Dostoevsky, Beckett and Bernhard. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Bhattacharya, Sourit (2017) The crisis of modernity : realism and the postcolonial Indian novel. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Brljak, Vladmir (2015) Allegory and modernity in English literature c. 1575-1675. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Bumrungsalee, Intira (2013) Translating culture in films : subtitling in Thailand. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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Frank, Lucy Elizabeth (2003) Sarah Piatt and the politics of mourning. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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Kaisary, Philip James (2008) The literary impact of the Haitian Revolution. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

Kamali, Leila Francesca (2007) Spectres of the shore : the memory of Africa in contemporary African-American and Black British fiction. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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Sedgwick, James Martin (2001) Emily Dickinson's grotesque: ambivalent interactions with uncertainty. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.

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How to Choose a PhD Research Topic in English Literature

How to Choose a PhD Research Topic in English Literature

To pick a right topic for research in English Literature during PhD is something a huge task. There are many topics out there for a good research. Here are my tips on how to rightly choose a PhD research topic in English Literature

The proven way to choose a research topic in English Literature is to ask your professor on what they have researched upon while they had been doing their Ph.D. After this, you have to search for new trending topics at the present time. If someone has got an award or Nobel prize, Take that person and it is always best. Every year there are awards given to the authors who contributed well to English Literature. Choose a topic from them.

First, choose the right author to research

You’re about to choose an author to research for your Ph.D. in English literature.  This is important and so you should take your time doing.  You want to ensure the author is someone who is interesting and intriguing for everyone in the literary academic world.  The words of the author need to be words that will make you think, question and analyze.

Start off broadly, looking at a number of authors.  Slowly narrow down your search. You need to connect to the author – how is his or her work significant, why does it appeal to you, will it appeal to academics, is there enough to write on, and is he or she relevant.  Look at how much work he or she has written and made quite sure you can get your hands on the books.

Relevance is important. We live in a time where gender is a top priority, as is history, politics, art, feminism, sexism, the way stories are told and who tells them.  Your Ph.D. is going to be based on this author.  His or her words need to be relevant, perhaps controversial and significant.  This author needs to be engaging and someone whose work you can engage with.

Learn more about the books of the author

As an academic, reading and research are the two most important thing you are going to do.  You need to read as much as you possibly can, not just on the author of your choice, but all the books written by the author of your choice.  Reading is something that you learn from but also something that stimulates you and gives you your own writing style.

The more you can learn about the author, the better you can come up with a research topic in English literature.  Read as many of his or books as possible, but also, read books or articles that have been written about the author.  After a while, you will start to feel like you know and understand the author.  This is what you want.  The more you read, the more knowledgeable you become, in every aspect.

If you cannot find the books – some may be obscure – spend time in libraries.  Libraries are in fact very conducive to writing a Ph.D. – something about the bookshelves, space, the solitude and of course, the history.    Remember, you want to find angles or information on the author that is new.  Look online, look in libraries and don’t feel shy to ask your lecturers if they have books for you to borrow.

Learn more about the author’s personal life

You may already know that what an author writes about does not have to reflect his or her personal life.   Which means when you are researching an author, you do not only want to learn about his or her written words?  These words are important.  But so are their personal words.  Personal lives give you a good insight into the author too.  If he or she had children, did they work alone, how did they die?

When we say personal words, we also mean personal life.  Because the written word is different to the ‘living word’, an author can have many personas.  Perhaps they write about sexuality in a very open way yet in real life, are deeply conservative.  This makes for an interesting Ph.D.  Knowing how the author lived out her personal life is very important.

You are going to have to delve into realms of information to learn about an author’s personal life.  This is going to be interesting for you, and for your reader.  In today’s world of fake news, you also need to be very careful.  Double check your sources, always, to ensure you are getting and then choosing out the correct information.  Read, and then read some more.

Read thoroughly all the novels for ten days

This may seem extreme to you, but we have already said that a successful Ph.D in English Literature is about reading and research.  You’ve chosen your author and you’ve written out a list of his or her books.  Now, you are going to curl up in a corner somewhere, or at your desk, and read.  We’ve already said it but the more you read, the more you learn.

Spend the next ten days reading. This way you are immersing yourself in the author’s words, subjects, feelings, emotions, history, religion, characters, sexuality, gender and more.  The more you read, the more you will start to understand your chosen author and to feel and think the way the author did or does. Remember, reading not only educates you, but it also inspires you.

Make notes as you read.  Choose a pen or highlighter and highlight those passages that make you really think.  Cross-reference paragraphs, characters, emotions or metaphors.  Take note of anything you find important or astonishing or unusual or surprising.  Go back to your notes.  Your very Ph.D. may relate to your first few notes.  Keep all your reading material too; one day you are going to need it.  All Ph.D. students seem to buy new bookshelves!

Write down the summaries on your own

The best way to understand something, and to remember something, is to write.  The more you write, the easier things will stick in your head.  Read a book, or a few chapters, and then write your own summaries.  Chances are your time is limited, which is why summaries are good.  Also, when you write a summary, things start becoming clearer and you may have an epiphany.

If the book you are reading has 15 chapters, perhaps summarize after every chapter.  This is a personal choice – and of course, it depends on the books – but more summaries are better than less.  Summarize in your own words and you will find that through summaries, you find your own style too.  Cross-reference your summaries to the books you are reading.

When we say write, you may enjoy writing and you may enjoy typing.  This is personal.  Academics can generally be seen in front of their computers, hammering away at their keyboards.  Type if you like, but sometimes writing with a pen and paper can actually get your creative juices flowing in a different way.  Writing makes you think and gives you the ability to see things in a fresh way too.  Always write, as much as you can.

Take a course on literary theories

There are many online literary theory courses that you can choose and we would suggest you sign up for one.  The literary theory may seem academic and overwhelming but once you understand it, you’re on your way to writing a successful and highly revered Ph.D.  Take a look and see how many prestigious universities offer courses on literary theory.  That way you will see how important it is to do one.

A literary theory course will change the way you think about language, literature, society, and identity.  A course will help you hone your critical reading skills and to understand theoretical terms such as postcolonialism, deconstruction, and Marxist criticism.  A literary theory course will arm you with all the skills that you will need to dissect, criticize, analyze and understand your author, subject or topic you are researching.

There are many literary theory courses and you need to find one that will help you with your subject.  A literary theory course will help you understand how you should approach literature, criticism verse theory, structure, analysis, and psycho-analysis of the subject and the author.  You can choose to do one literary theory course and do it in your own time.  There are many online courses; do one for a successful Ph.D.

Learn to relate those theories to each other

You’re writing a Ph.D. which is a huge step.  You are going to bring in various literary theories which means not only do you need to understand the various literary theories, but you need to know how they all relate to one another.  For a Ph.D. to be successful, you need to discuss, analyze, criticize and be open for debate.  You also need to be open to criticism.

Take a look at the various literary theories.  There are traditional literary theories and also formalism and new criticism. There are Marxism and critical theory and then there’s structuralism and post-structuralism.  You are likely comfortable with some theories, and others not so much.  Remember, fellow academics are going to question your theories and criticize you.  Criticism is not always bad.  It is academic criticism and it is there for a reason.  Your research needs to be complete.

Again, a literary theory course can help you.  Depending on your subject and author of choice, depends on which theories you will need to bring in.  There are others – including new historicity and cultural materialism, ethnic studies and post-colonialism criticism.  You need to relate them to one another.  A course may help you to pick a good topic for PhD English literature.

Now think about how the author followed theories in novels

It’s important to note that in the academic world there are often many complex perspectives regarding literary theories.  You need to read about your chosen author and have a look at how he or she followed literary theories in their books.  Was there consistency?  Was there a specific literary theory that was followed?

Sometimes the theories are simple and easy to follow.  Sometimes there is a single theory or theme in a book.  Sometimes theories are mixed, or many sides are given.  You need to be able to read, review, analyze and understand the theories your author chose to follow.  And your research needs to be so good, that fellow academics can analyze too and have brainwave moments from your writing.

Reading needs to be engaging, no matter the kind of reading.  It also needs to make you think. Reading should stimulate.  Sometimes, more than one theory is applied so that there are conflicting views, ideas, debate, and discussion.    Take a look carefully at the author you are researching, their books, and the ideas that are put forward.  Do they follow the theories you have been learning about?  If so, which one or which ones.  Do you have any theories of your own?

Choose one theory that pins your interest

You may find some literary theories more exciting than others.  Perhaps post-colonialism is your thing, or Marxist criticism excites you. The trick is not to get too tied down to one theory, too soon.  Read, read again, make notes, summarize and review.  And look at various literary theories.  You are going to find that some theories absolutely fascinate you and others you find irrelevant.  Make notes and slowly you will be lead towards the theories that are right for you.

The more you read and make notes, the more one particular theory is going to leap out at you.  It may be a slow process and in fact, the slower the better. This means your thinking is going to be clearer, and more critical.  Once you find yourself honing in on a certain theory, you will find your direction.

Let’s say poststructuralism has caught your interest.  You will now start thinking in a different light.  You will find yourself coming up with your own theories, perhaps relating theories together, perhaps finding clarity in just the one.  Make notes – you may not use them all, but you will find them useful when you start tying everything together.   And always, always, theorize.

Jot down what others are researching

If you have not yet decided on your topic, make sure you know what other students are researching, or thinking of researching.  You do not want to suddenly find out you are doing the same thing.  And you do not want to waste your time.   Jot down other people’s topics.  Jot down any ideas you have and at some point, you will find it all comes together.  Wake up and make notes.  Sit with fellow researchers and make notes.

The thing about choosing a PhD research topic in English literature is that you constantly need to listen, read, listen to some more, research and keep reading.  You also need to open yourself up to the conversation, with other researchers, Ph.D. students, and lecturers.  Talk to others, even if your literary topics are different.  Or even to make sure that they are different.

The academic world is constantly bouncing ideas off one another. It’s important to talk about your ideas, to get feedback on your ideas, and to listen to other people’s ideas.  Keep a notebook with you at all times and jot down what and how other people are doing their research.  You are not going to copy anyone, but you are going to find inspiration and you are going to inspire others.

Don’t take already beaten topics

You need to put effort into finding the right PhD topic. This can take time and be agonizing.  It may seem like each topic you are choosing has already been taken.  Take your time and find a topic that appeals to you, will challenge you and will exit you.  Find a topic where you can give new and exciting information too.

Choosing a topic for your PhD in English literature may depend on the literature available, how much time it is going to take you, and also, it the topic worthy of research and investigation.  You are going to have to immerse yourself totally in all the literature available on the topic – choose wisely.

Only choose a topic already done if you are going to look at new angles and find different analyses to the ones out there already. Only choose a topic that you are pretty sure will become clear to you, as you research, and therefore clear to others too.  You can choose a topic that is interesting to you, and been done before, as long as you have a new and exciting way from which to write.

Be creative and choose at least 5 topics randomly

Most students will look at up to 5 topics before making a decision.  It’s quite normal to pick a topic, change your mind, pick another one, do some research, put it away, look at a third topic, and so on.  This is a good process.  You need to be proactive in your decision which means you need to spend time thinking of what you are going to write, and how you are going to write it.

The reason you choose at least 5 research topics in English literature is that you can really find that topic that excites and challenges you.  Look at why you would study the topic and what your research would mean to you, and to others.  Take your topics to fellow researchers or academics.  Ask them for advice.  Listen to what people have to say about your topic choices.

You may choose the first topic and have your heart set on it.  Perhaps you find little information on it, or even worse, you find too much.  The topic may have been over-researched.  It is time to move on to your next topic until you settle on the one that is right for you.  Don’t be hasty in making a choice.

Sit with a literature expert for review of topics

Once you have your list of possible topics for your Ph.D., ask a literature expert to spend some time with you.  This could be a professor, lecturer, fellow researcher, or author. Put forward your ideas and ensure you have the correct information on your ideas.  Ask for feedback.  When you ask for feedback, listen without getting defensive.  You have asked for a review of your topics.  Listen to the feedback.

A literature expert can be someone you know but it doesn’t have to be.  If you know about a specialist in your area of interest, ask for a meeting.  And remember, you can also approach a professional organization and ask to chat.  Fellow academics are generally happy to help.  You can find fellow academics at your university but you are also free to chat with academics at other learning institutions.

Finally, use the Internet. You can find a variety of sources online that will answer any questions you may have regarding your proposed topic.  You will be able to get ideas online about your proposed topics, and if they can work, if they have been done, if you are on the right path, and if there is interest.

Consult 5 English teachers and show the topics

You are choosing a PhD research topic in English literature and so it makes sense for you to discuss your various topics with an English teacher.  You are taking to the very people who are going to have an interest in your ideas and you will find good English teachers are eager to talk to you.  You will find teachers at your own place of learning, but you can also ask for meetings with teachers you don’t know but are expert in their field.

Tell them about your ideas.  Ask them for feedback, what they think and if they would advise you to do the proposed topic.  Ask if they think your topic has good potential and if it could become a dissertation.  Ask them what they know about the topic and if they feel it would be significant.  Listen carefully to the advice you are given.

You want your topic to uncover new information.  You might think you have new information, but experienced English teachers may know differently.  Chat with them, listen to them more important, and ask for their honest opinions.  The academic world is an inclusive one and experts are going, to be honest with you. Listen to them.

Get the topic automatically suggested by your teachers

Choosing a Ph.D. topic in English literature is no easy task.  Your research needs to be significant and helpful to future researchers.  It has to be groundbreaking.  It has to shed light on topics, or at least offer controversial opinions.  It can be really hard to choose a topic, for these reasons.  You may find that some of your teachers actually give out topics and this is an easy way to make a choice.

You can go for the topic that is automatically suggested by your teachers.  This way you know that the topic is one that is significant and has not been over-researched or over analyzed.  Chat with your teacher and ask why they are suggesting the topic.  Get their advice.

When you choose a topic for your research, you want to get feedback from people who are ‘in the know.’  Don’t go with the first topic that comes along.  Go with a topic that excites you and that you know will be hard work but interesting, creative and challenging too.  Go with a topic that is going to have the academic world thinking and questioning, in a good way!

Do not reveal your topic to your friends before joining your PhD

You may think this is not something that should be up for debate but the truth is the academic world is a competitive one.  If your idea is fantastic and food for thought and we hope it is, you don’t want a fellow student to follow your idea.  Rather keep your research topic to yourself until you join your PhD.  You don’t want your idea stolen, but you also don’t want to lose confidence in your idea, especially if you are convinced by it.

The other reason not to reveal your topic in advance is in case of friends brush off your idea.  You may think your topic is worthy but somebody may take away your confidence.  As long as you have done your research in advance and you feel strongly about your topic, keep it.  Always listen to advice given by academics, but be a little more guarded with your friends. Do initially only.

Confidence is necessary when doing a Ph.D.  You can drive yourself literally made when you question and the second question what you are doing.  Don’t let friends or academics second guess you, unless you are asking their opinions.  Otherwise, as long as you feel sure, keep going.

Attend various interviews taking the topic

This is a good tip for you when you are deciding about your research topic, but also once you have chosen your research topic.  Universities are always having special interest lectures, interviews, workshops and more, and you will find all of these on your topic of interest.  When we say interview, we mean an interview, a meeting, and a lecture.

Attend as many interviews as you can.  This means you should try and go to all public lecturers or book readings or similar when you have chosen your topic.  And if you are still choosing your topic, ask as many experts on the subject as possible to interview and talk to you. Remember; interview a wide range of people before settling on a topic.  People are interesting and have interesting ideas – one person will give you something nobody else will have thought of.

One on one interviews or meetings can be the most beneficial thing.  You, as the researcher, need to do a lot of listening.  An interviewer will guide you in every single way and make you think.  If an interviewer can make you think, imagine how one day you are going to make your readers think.

Try to buy novels

Have you ever seen an academic’s bookshelves? They are always jam-packed, floor to ceiling, with books.  And academics have many bookshelves, not just one.  Your research topic is going to be with you for a long time.  It’s your Ph.D., you are going to read, research, write and defend.  It’s yours and will be forever.

Buy all the novels and books you need. You are the expert on your subject, the expert on your topic.  You need to read everything you can lay your hands on.  And print is so much better than online.  Take the books with you to bed, to the bath, to your coffee shop. Do more reading

It’s also an excellent idea to make a note of all the books you read.  You will have a Ph.D. English literature file.  Have an index and one of the chapters should include all the books by the author, and all the books you have read on the author.  Summarize and make notes on the books.  Make notes in the book.  Read the book a second time if it really appeals to you.

Do not read novels on the computer

This is a contentious issue because academia is changing.  There are two schools of thought – read novels in print or read novels on the computer.  Don’t do both.  The truth is you can do whatever works for you.  If you prefer to read online, it is better than not reading at all.

The reason academia says ‘do not read novels on the computer’ is that they feel you may not retain as much.  When you read in print you can make notes easily, highlight certain sentences or chapters, dog ear pages so you remember what to go back to, and also, read at any time.

Books are fantastic, especially in print.  You always have them, you don’t have to go online to find them, they are real treasures and should be treated as such. And to have a whole range of novels or books on the subject of your thesis is something incredibly special.

Use time properly with some interest

It is very easy, especially in this world with the internet, to be distracted.  When you are writing a Ph.D. the one thing you cannot afford is a distraction.  You need to use your time properly and be incredibly disciplined.  Many academics say when they write a Ph.D., they eat, drink and sleep it.

Let’s get back to discipline.  Your thesis is going to take you a long time.  When you undertake your research topic, think about the time frame that you have.  You will need to manage your time well.  You need to be well disciplined in giving yourself time to collect data and go through it.

Everyone needs to take a break sometimes.  Do things that you enjoy in your free time.  But when you are working on your Ph.D. work. Use your time smartly and always be reading, researching or writing.  Do this and you will not have any last minute chaos in meeting your deadline.

Make a point to take short notes of ideas

The one thing you always need to have in your bag is a pen and pencil.  Otherwise, have a mobile device where you can take notes.  Ideas come to people at the strangest of times – when you’re taking a walk, sipping coffee, waiting for a friend on the corner.  Always write them down.

Likewise, when you attend an interview or a lecture, have your pen and paper handy.  Make notes so that you can refer to them and read them.  Once you have got home, take your notebook and transfer anything relevant to your PhD folder.

Be aware of the interview or lecture, or meeting that you are in.  It may come across as rude if you scribble down every little thing.  Be discerning with your notes.  Yes, write things down, definitely.  But don’t write down an entire lecture.  Listen, jot down short notes, and always – go over everything afterward.

Do some literary survey what others are interested

Before you choose your literary Ph.D. topic, do a lot of research.  Your idea may be an extraordinary one, but what if nobody has any interest in reading it?  You want to choose a topic that is interesting and excited and where the academic world will be talking about it.

Ask your lecturers what they think of your topic.  Make notes and surveys.  You could choose five topics – as suggested earlier – and run a literary survey.  Ask lecturers, fellow academics and other students what they think of your topics.  Put it in a survey form and see which topic comes out tops.

Look carefully at the results of your survey. If everyone is choosing one topic for a reason, they are probably right. It does not mean they are definitely right though.  You can take your survey one step further and find out why they find that particular topic interesting.  Then make a decision based on how you feel.

Do not take foolish and irrelevant topics

This is an obvious one, isn’t it?  Nobody is going to read a PhD, or take it seriously when your top is foolish or irrelevant.  We are living in a world where relevance is everything.  Whether it does to with gender, feminism, sexism, history, climate change, politics or art – you must be relevant.

Remember, a PhD is something that everyone in the academic world takes seriously.  Your research is going to be read by your peers and by peers who you hold in high esteem.  You want them to read your work and be wowed by your work.  If you are foolish, you lose your chance of being held in high esteem too.

You are going to be spending a long time on your PhD, maybe a year and maybe more.  You also want to be interested in what you are doing and not find it a chore.  Your research is important, not just for others but for you too.  Take the whole thing seriously.  PhD studies are serious – you need to be serious too.

Do lots of reading about other areas

You need to read as much as possible when you are writing a PhD.  To be honest, you need to read as much as possible at all times.  When you read other work, ideas come to you.  You learn about style and content by reading.  Read anything you can get your hands on.  You are going to be writing your PhD.  A good writer reads a lot, it is the only way they become a good writer.

When we say you should do a lot of reading, it does not mean you have to only read about matters connected to your particular research.  You should read everything you can.  Read academic papers, read transcribed interviews, read the newspaper, read novels and read magazines.  The more you read, the better you write.  Any writer will tell you that.

As a researcher, books are going to become the most important thing in your life.  All books are going to become important to you.  Keep a book in your bag. Read when you’re on the bus, on the train and at home in front of the television.  Reading gets our own creative juices flowing, whether academic, fiction or non-fiction.  Reading makes you think.

Keep all the collected notes and reading in hand

When you write a PhD you are going to have a ton of material that you need to go through.  The first thing you need to do, even before you have chosen a topic, is to open up a PhD file.  Get yourself a good one, it’s going to be with you for a long time.  Make different sections.

Your collected notes are going to be the most important part of your Ph.D.; you are going to refer to them for a very long time.  Make sure you have your notes in one section and as you can, cross-references them to your summaries or to chapters or books you are reading. Always go over your notes.  You will suddenly read something and go ‘oh that makes sense.’

The same goes with all your reading.  Keep your reading close by.  Wake up in the morning, read.  When you go to bed at night, read. The more reading you do, the better.  Make notes of all the books you have, and of all the books you still plan to get.  Tick them off as you read them. And mostly, always have a copy of your PhD notes and research as you go along. You do not want to lose it.

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