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The Topic Tree: General Research Guide: Language and Literature

A selection of timely, diverse, and exciting topics for term papers, projects, and presentations.

Arts and Humanities -- Language and Literature

Language and Literature

This branch covers literature and related topics, includding some English and a bit of communication and linguistics. Topics here are a bit more than jsut "find two outside sources on a literary work."




Compare Milton's version of the story of Adam and Eve with the actual one in the Bible.

Religious imagery in the poetry of William Blake (You probably want to analyze a few poems closely.)

Did the Grapes of Wrath realistically portray the Dust Bowl?

Describe Studs Terkel's socio-political outlook?

Solzhenitizen's politics. Please describe how it influenced his later writings. (That's the catch here, but hey the Red Wheel was an interesting book.)

How did the chaotic personal life or illness of a particular author effect his literary work. Authors with chaotic personal lives include F. Scott Fitzgerald and Edgar Allen Poe. Authors who were ill include Kafka and Proust.

Origin or history of a common word or epithet -- (suggestions include stupid, slaughter, shambles, nice) etc...

Where did J.R.R. Tolkien get the ideas for his characters or where did Tolkien get his ideas for Middle Earth?

The origin of H.P. Lovecraft's world of horrors.

Characters in the short stories of Ray Bradbury.

Robots in the stories of Isaac Asimov.

Pulp fiction detectives (Select an author such as Chandler).

The role of the police in the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Raymond Chandler, or some other author.

The role of setting in the works of Eudora Welty (or some other Southern writer).

Mental illness in the 19th or early 20th Century as portrayed in 'The Yellow Wallpaper."

Describe the role of the mysteries of Edgar Allan Poe.