Maxwell Perkins and Genius biopic as your film or literature research topic

Most likely, few people outside of the publishing industry are immediately familiar with the name Maxwell Perkins, despite the fact that he played a large hand in shaping modern American literature. In the new biopic Genius, based on the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg, Colin Firth and Jude Law bring to life Max Perkins, editor at Scribner’s, and Thomas Wolfe, the tempestuous, verbose author whose friendship with Perkins was nearly as much the stuff of legends as Wolfe’s novels.

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

Colin Firth as celebrated editor Maxwell Perkins, struggling with Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, in Genius. (Credit: Marc Brenner)

If you are looking for a topic for your American Literature class, consider taking a look at Genius, Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, and the research behind both the film and the biography. Read more

Research topics for short stories and anthologies

Short stories are a staple of classic literature. The short story form allows authors to provide glimpses into emotion and context.

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Find out more about short stories here. (Credit: Kitaab.com)

Here are some research topics for your term paper on short stories, anthologies, awards and short stories online. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Our library favorites

Looking for a new book to read but haven’t come across any recommendations that look appealing to you? The Questia Reading Room has you covered!

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Our Reading Room offers you some of our favorite books – for FREE. (Credit: Pexels)

For the next month, we are offering some of our personal favorites that you can enjoy – for FREE. Read more

Examine female characters in literature for your research paper

The sixth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones won’t begin until Sunday April 24, 2016, but it has already generated a lot of buzz. Entertainment Weekly featured six of the major characters on its first April issue. Even comedienne Amy Schumer used a GOT theme to publicize the debut of her next season on April 21. One reason for the anticipation is due to the featuring of strong female characters such as Arya Stark and female villains like Cersei Lannister.

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Learn more about the role of female characters in literature. (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO)

How women have been portrayed in literature through the ages is one of many compelling research paper topics. Read more

Umberto Eco as your literature research paper topic

Most famous for his novel The Name of the Rose, Umberto Eco was a well-known novelist who infused his books with his interest in the field of semiotics, in which he was a scholar. He is also among the famous novelists who have died since the beginning of 2015.

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Learn more about the late author Umberto Eco. (Credit: ToohoBooks)

Good research paper topics for your modern literature class might include taking a look at Umberto Eco and his work, in honor of his death. You can access many essays on his work selected from peer reviewed journals by starting your research at Questia. Read more

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, as your research topic

Harper Lee has died; the author was 89. The childhood friend of Truman Capote, she established her literary reputation on the basis of a single novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Last year saw the release of an earlier draft of her famed book, entitled Go Set a Watchman.

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Learn more about books written by Harper Lee. (Credit: USA Today)

Casting the beloved character of Atticus Finch as a racist, many were upset by the new book. Comparing the two books is just one of many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Recognizing Black History Month

Black History Month is an important time to reflect on the past, present and future of African American culture, music, civil rights and more.

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Expand your knowledge of Black History as you read through our books. (Credit: asalh.org)

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Questia Reading Room: Start the year with success

When a new year rolls around, what is the number one thing people aim to do? Figure out how they can be successful and better their lives in the coming year, of course! Our list of reading room books are sure to inspire you to be the best you.

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Emma Watson book club as a literature research topic

Emma Watson, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador, has announced that in her efforts to research gender inequality issues, she wants to be able to discuss those issues with others. To that end, she is forming a feminist book club, “Our Shared Shelf,” and inviting everyone to join in. “Research topic on gender inequality awareness” on the Questia blog noted that in starting HeforShe, Watson is seeking to engage men and women in the conversation about women’s rights. Expanding to a book club is a natural fit.

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Learn more about Emma Watson and her book club concept. (Credit: Getty Images)

If you are looking for a research paper topic in either gender studies or literature, consider looking at Watson’s new book club as one in a long line of book clubs empowering women–starting with Oprah Winfrey’s game changing Oprah’s Book Club, or including the lighter hearted Vaginal Fantasy Book Club hosted by actress Felicia Day. Read more

Chi-Raq adapts Lysistrata to critique gun violence as your research topic

Combining Ancient Greek comedy with modern gang warfare isn’t an obvious choice. But for Spike Lee, Aristophanes’ play Lysistrata offered an opportunity to show the violence raging in modern Chicago, where gun violence has become so extreme that a Chicago rapper, King Louie, coined the portmanteau Chiraq to describe it.

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Learn more about the Lysistrata and Chi-Raq connection. (Credit: Twitter)

With Teyonah Parris as Lysistrata, the movie, most of it in verse and rap, gives members of the Chicago community impacted by gun violence (several of whom were cast in the film) a chance to take a stand against the war raging in their neighborhoods. If you are looking for a good research paper topic on gun violence, film adaptation, or for your classics course, consider looking at the themes of the Chi-Raq movie. Read more