Term Paper Topics

ENGL 520

Dr. Fike

There are a number of ways of selecting a term paper project. First, you could pursue one of the topics suggested below. If you do so, it would be helpful if you picked a critical perspective (literary theory) to guide and inform your analysis. Second, you could start with a critical perspective (a literary theory perhaps or maybe your minor subject area) and find a text that fits it. Third, you could simply select a work that interests you (e.g., one of Donne's poems) and spend the whole semester exploring it. You need not select something long. In fact, this course is full of short and medium-length poems, many of which would be a fine subject for a term paper. It would also be suitable to focus on a passage from a longer work such as Volpone.


Donne and Herbert



A feminist topic

Browne and Locke



Cavalier Poets