Thomas Hardy literature and film adaptations as your research topic

Good thing Henry James isn’t around to review the latest film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. In a review James wrote when the novel was first published, he wrote of the main character, Bathsheba Everdene (played by Carey Mulligan in the new movie): “We cannot say that we either understand or like Bathsheba. She is a young lady of the inconsequential, willful, mettlesome type.”

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

But who knows, maybe he would approve of the latest incarnation more than the novel, as most reviews seem to. For your next research paper in literature, discuss the many perceptions of this Thomas Hardy classic. Read more

Term paper: Media coverage of mental illness

For your next term paper, consider writing about the often harmful way the media cover mental illness. The media are often too quick to make broad generalizations, stigmatize mentally ill people and link violence with depression. Mental illnesses are complex and affect people in various ways, and the media should reflect this when reporting.

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

For good research paper topics for your classes on psychology, mental illness or print or broadcast journalism, you can write about the ways the media covers mental illness. Read more

Diverse casts in Hollywood as your research topic

In Dreamworks Home, a young girl named Tip befriends a misfit alien named Oh after Oh’s people, the Boov, have taken over Earth as their new homeland. While the film features a number of familiar tropes, it’s exceptional in that Tip is the first African-American female lead of a 3D animated feature. She’s also the first African-American female lead of any animated feature who stays human through the whole movie (unlike 2009’s Princess and the Frog from Disney).

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Voiced by Rihanna, who is joined by Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as Oh, Tip shows a slow, but hopefully growing, trend toward diversity in Hollywood. Consider looking at this animated feature, or study results on diverse casts in Hollywood, for a paper in film studies or African American studies. Read more

Explore human rights and Sebastião Salgado for your next research paper

The extraordinary career of photographer Sebastião Salgado is chronicled in the documentary film Salt of the Earth. The movie takes a look at his career as an award-winning photographer, taking images of people around the world.

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Many of his black-and-white photographs focus on human rights violations and human suffering from war zones and other areas of conflict. For your next research paper, consider discussing human rights or documentary filmmaking with focus on the Salt of the Earth documentary. Read more

Rhetoric and public speaking: How to give a good speech

Taking a class in rhetoric and public speaking? Many people, including college students, find speaking in front of a group scary and intimidating.

It is possible to get rid of your public speaking fears. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

It is possible to get rid of your public speaking fears. (Credit: Tom Noonan)

When it comes to how to give a good speech, there are things you can do to make the process easier, including look for speech ideas the same way you would research paper topics. To get started, let’s walk through tips and suggestions for public speaking. Read more

Legal research paper: Women’s rights in marriage

In many societies, women’s rights in marriage include the right to obtain a divorce no matter the reasons for divorce. However, in some societies, religious laws govern how and when a divorce can be granted. This is the case in Israel where only Orthodox rabbis can sanction or dissolve a marriage.

Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, discusses women's rights in marriage. (Credit: Variety.com)

Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, discusses women’s rights in marriage. (Credit: Variety.com)

The story of one Jewish woman’s quest for a divorce is told in the film, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. The film’s title refers to the divorce document, a gett, which can only be delivered to a woman after consent from a rabbi. This film may be the starting point for your next research paper on law, religion or women’s rights. Read more

Subliminal advertising is a good research topic for marketing enthusiasts

Subliminal messages in advertising

Have you ever noticed the arrow in the FedEx logo between the letter E and the letter X? This is an example of subliminal advertising and many major companies use subliminal messages in their logos or ads. In subliminal advertising, hidden signals or messages are placed in advertising intended to pass below (sub) the regular boundaries of perception.

Notice how subliminal advertising is used. (Credit: Business Insider)

Notice how subliminal advertising is used. (Credit: Business Insider)

These messages may come in various forms such as images, text, and even songs, and advertisers hope that people will unconsciously process them in product ads or in propaganda. Read more

Who’s Trevor Noah? Find out more about him for your next research paper

When Jon Stewart announced in February that he would be leaving The Daily Show after 16 years, viewers were dismayed and concerned to say the least.

Learn more about Trevor Noah, The Daily Show's new host. (Credit: IndieWire)

Learn more about Trevor Noah, The Daily Show’s new host. (Credit: IndieWire)

But with the announcement of the new anchor, Trevor Noah, have those misgivings and fears been put to rest? Read on to learn more about the South African and the future of The Daily Show. Read more

Gender roles and the ideal woman research topics in Disney Cinderella 2015

The most recent of Disney’s animated feature to live action adaptations debuted on March 13 with Disney’s Cinderella 2015. The role of Cinderella, popularized in Charles Perrault’s “Cendrillon” in 1697 but found in folklore across the world, frequently sparks conversation about gender roles.

Discuss the latest Cinderella movie for your next research paper. (Credit: Dale M. Pollock)

Discuss the latest Cinderella movie for your next research paper. (Credit: Dale M. Pollock)

Feminist critique often scorns the ideal woman as viewed through the Cinderella tale: she is often considered passive, a doormat, and a suffering individual lifted out of her circumstances not by her own skill or merit, but by a fairy godmother (magic) and a prince (a wealthy man). Others, however, have argued not to ignore the qualities emphasized in most versions of the tale, including this most recent one: kindness and hope. Read more

Research topic: Learn how the family farm is depicted in Farmland documentary

The family farm has been long mythologized in American culture. Farming in the U.S. has changed, and many are starting to wonder what the reality is about where our food comes from. Factory or corporate-owned farms are big business.

Farmland documentary covers the story on how a family farm is run. (Credit: Feed the Dialogue)

Farmland documentary covers the story on how a family farm is run. (Credit: Feed the Dialogue)

Farmland, a documentary film created by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, which includes agri-business giants such as Monsanto and Dupont, have released their side in what they bill as a true story about farming in America. Is it real or merely propaganda? Read more