if you have an intersting topic of another field it's ok but please be sure that i can found many resources for it
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I agree with post #4. As you indicate you are good at drama and novel, I would list two of each that you love or hate and list points under each which could give you an idea of the one you can actually write about and truly care because a dissertation takes so much time out of your life. When you have it narrowed to two, read some criticism of each which should give you an idea of how others see the two works. Then you must choose your viewpoint and the work you will be using; remember to spend time considering carefully. Do you want to choose a very modern controversial novel or one like Huck Finn which has been discussed forever? Do you want to choose one author and argue which one of his/her books should be considered a literary classic? Do you agree with the criticism on a modern drama such as Ma Rainey's Black Bottom? Do you think it has something new to say which you think is a unique perspective? Good luck and choose well.
The writing of a dissertation involves a search for something different from anything previously mentioned. Therefore, you may want to take one of the literary works with which you are familiar and critique it from an unusual approach. Perhaps, taking one that is classified as Expressionist, or Romantic, etc. and arguing that it can also be another movement such as Modernist, etc. Or, argue for some element in it that has not already been pointed out such as the symbolism of some new concept, or some new purpose for imagery, and so on.
At any rate, reading criticisms on the work you are considering will afford you the ideas already covered while, at the same time, doing so may generate new ideas for you. Good luck!
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from my little experience, I suggest doing a comparative study between Joseph conrad's Kurtz and Marlow, and Jay Gatsby and Nick carraway of Fitzergerald's The Great Gatsby respectively. which means Kurtz Vs. Jay Gatsby and Marlow the narrator Vs. Nick carraway the narrator.
and since you are a Master's student, looking for a researchable topic for you dissertation, and you are good at drama and novels
this topic as far as I'm concerned is the best for you, in addition it totally fit with the criterion mentioned in post #4, which is to deal with a literary work from unprecedented angle.
If you are interested in this topic or anyone else, I can provide you with some ideas how to start this comparison.
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thanks alot i'll think of what you all say but i have exams these days but please keep posting ypur suggestions for i'm sure not just me who will get benefit from it but alot of students too..
thanks .. i'll take this in consideration..
Thanks; however, I would prefer something more unusual that has an argument
why dont you try a comparative study of the art of characterisation between Marlowe and Shakespeare?
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