Welcome Prof. Bailey and English 2323 students!
This library guide will assist you with your literary research.
Research paper topics: choose from one of the following. Compare and contrast a nineteenth-century or twentieth-century British novel or play that we do not read as a class with a movie based on the same work. Consider theme and/or character and/or setting. Write to someone who knows both versions and asks you a question about them. Three secondary sources are required; use the MLA format for both intext notes and works cited page. Use JSTOR or another literary database for your secondary sources.
George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion, compared with My Fair Lady
Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles or Far from the Madding Crowd
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Jane Austin, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma (to contrast with Clueless)
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, compared with Apocalypse Now
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, compared with the old movie or The Hours
I have on reserve in the library a book that will help you know what to look for in planning this essay and how to organize it: Edgar Roberts, Writing Themes about Literature. Look at the introduction and chapters on writing about character, idea, setting, images, symbols and comparisons.
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