I have about a year and a half of grad school left, and I want to start thinking about topics for my Master’s thesis. My goal is to have one chosen by the time I go back to school in the fall (knowing the importance of this particular paper, I really don’t want to procrastinate). The problem is, I have no idea where to begin. I have such varied interests when it comes to literature, and there’s so many possibilities that my mind just freezes and I can’t think of anything.
I love SciFi/Fantasy, so that seems like a good area to start. Perhaps something on Tolkien or C.S. Lewis, or maybe a more modern writer like Neil Gaiman? I’ve also considered something having to do with the role graphic novels have played in culture in the last 20-30 years. As a big fan of mythology another possibility I’ve though of is something having to do with how prevalent ancient mythologies (Greek, Roman, Egyptian) still are in modern writing. These are all very vague and random ideas right now.
Steering away from the fantasy genre, I’ve also considered something along the lines of Shakespeare and modern day, but although I love Shakespeare, it’s such a vast topic and so many people have already covered so many aspects of it that it doesn’t feel original enough to me.
If anyone has any advice on choosing topics (or even any suggestions on any topic) please feel free to share. I welcome any and all input, especially if it’s actually helpful!