Suggested Paper Topics

You are not limited to the topics below, but this list provides numerous topics and approaches that will work for the term paper assignment.   Please remember that you will need to find a focus within most of these topics.  Additional topics could be generated by thinking about a play in terms of your favorite critical theory or the content of your major if it is other than English (history, psychology, religion, and philosophy are the ones that come most readily to mind; business and biology would also work).  I have marked with an * the topics that I consider most challenging.  An + indicates that the topic is suitable for a conference. G indicates that a topic is especially suitable at the graduate level. Many other good topics are possible, and I would be very glad to discuss your interests with you.  Feel free to make an appointment.

Note that I have highlighted in red the topics that I think are most accessible.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

 The Merchant of Venice 

The Taming of the Shrew 

Twelfth Night

 Measure for Measure 

As You Like It  

Richard II 

 Henry IV, Part I

Henry VIII


 King Lear 



Romeo and Juliet

Julius Caesar

 The Tempest 

The Winter's Tale