For my diss I did something completely unexpected which was looking at how the literary trope of the "Other" was used in British Cold War literature.
I’ve just finished my second year of university and starting on thinking of some ideas for dissertation..I can’t think of anything at all!
I’m thinking of going into teaching and doing something that is children’s literature related perhaps???
To begin with, when thinking about your criticism or literary analysis, know that there are no wrong answers.
Arguments are always valid provided that they have been presented correctly by academic conventions and respond directly to the thesis question if this is given.
This sounds like something you might be interested in if you do want to write about these topics, because there was a lot of information about different types of teachers and readers, which you could then link to some examples of children's literature, evaluating how it might encourage different types of readers or be interpreted by them?
Unfortunately I don't have the module plan/readings otherwise I'd send them on. I'd definitely recommend speaking to some of your tutors about your ideas too - it's never too early to chat with them.Another option is to start with the texts themselves - think about the children's literature you have studied and enjoyed and the topics within that that get you really interested.The main thing with a dissertation is to pick a topic you can really sit with for a long time that is going to constantly engage you and something which offers a unique contribution to knowledge i.e. That could be picking different texts that aren't often studied e.g.Ellie I’ve just finished my second year of university and starting on thinking of some ideas for dissertation..I can’t think of anything at all!Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated please. Both my previous unis always told students to shy away from children's literature as it's not intellectual/hard enough. Your dissertation will not help you get into teaching whatsoever, especially if you're considering a PGCE anyway.You've got plenty of time so it's really a case of reading widely, challenging yourself, and thinking about what you could work on for a long period of time, in-depth. Lilith I’ve just finished my second year of university and starting on thinking of some ideas for dissertation..I can’t think of anything at all!Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated please. Although I don't take English lit (I took lang), my course did a module called English in education.Author study: Austen, Dickens, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Zadie Smith, Bret Easton Ellis, Burroughs, Waugh, Conrad, John Christopher, Dickenson, Duffy, Churchill, etc.Literally looking at an author's work and its related problems, similarities, themes etc.a Cambridge Companion to Children's Literature if such a thing exists.Have a read of these to help get a sense of some of the general schools of thought on the topics.