10 Great Unexplored Ideas For English Literature Dissertations


It's really tough to find fresh new for English literature dissertations... So many students over so many hundreds of years have been pondering every quiet corner of the language! But there are some ideas that have not yet had thorough exploration, and that would make novel, invigorating, and enjoyable literature dissertation topics. Here's our list of ten to stimulate your own trailblazing.

  • Modern sensation fiction
  • Sensation fiction was very popular during the nineteenth century, and featured themes such as seduction, murder and insanity. Is there a culture of modern sensation fiction? Or are we already beyond shock?

  • Technology in early twentieth-century writing
  • Technology seems to be very prevalent in early twentieth-century works. Is this possibly a reflection of an idealised future? Or is it merely a reflection of life at the time?

  • Prayer in vernacular Middle English literature
  • Prayer is fairly common in vernacular Middle English works. Is this a reflection of the reality of the times? Or is it more prescriptive in nature?

  • The ethics of shock literature
  • Shock writing is a genre that attempts to shock its readers. Is this genre ethical? Does the modern world really need any more shocking imagery?

  • Sexual stereotyping in neo-Victorian writing
  • Neo-Victorian writing does contain a fair amount of sexual-stereotyping. Why is this the case? Is it possibly a reflection of the times or rather of the genre itself?

  • The death of syntax in modern literature
  • Syntax is definitely changing in modern writing. Why is this happening? Is it a result of the popularity of certain genres?

  • Romantic historic fiction and economic recessions
  • It is well proven that sales of romantic historic fiction shoot up every time there is a major economic recession. Why might this be the case? Do any other literary works show improved sales during recessions?

  • Psychology in the modern novel
  • The modern novel often contains traces of psychology. Are these novels merely making use of pop psychology? Or do they contain hints of serious psychology?

  • Addiction in nineteenth-century periodical culture
  • The periodicals of the nineteenth century were full of references to addiction. Is this a reflection of the problems of the times? Does modern literature also reflect modern addiction problems?

  • The sounds of nineteenth-century English literature
  • Nineteen-century English writing is peppered with vivid descriptions of different sounds. How do they reflect the vastly different world of the nineteenth century?