“Everyday Use” by Alice Walker is a diverting research paper topic

If you are searching for a diverting research paper topic, then you should consider writing about Everyday Use by Alice Walker.

Learn more about "Everyday Use" by Alice Walker. (Credit: Teachmix)

Learn more about “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. (Credit: Teachmix)

You’ll find more than 9,500 books as well as 6,500 articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers in Questia’s online research library related to this piece of short fiction about heritage and deracination. Read more

Trends in literary theory research paper topics

Literary theory is the study of literature and its significance for culture and historical perspective. Some good research paper topics could be to define literary theory and discuss various aspects of literary criticism.

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

A brief explanation on literary theory. (Credit: Slideshare)

You could also write your term paper on some new trends in literary theory such as environmental theory and gender queer theory. Here are some ideas to get you started. Read more

Gothic literature and vampire movies for your next research paper

On October 10, 2014, the film Dracula Untold opened worldwide. Unlike other vampire movies, this film weaves vampire mythology with historical facts about Prince Vlad, the Impaler. Vampire films and the history on which they are based can combine into a good research paper topic.

You can use "Dracula Untold" in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

You can use “Dracula Untold” in your next literature research paper. (Credit: Live Journal)

If you’re looking for a topic in literature, consider writing a research paper on gothic literature and its part in film and mythology. Here are a few gory details to get you started on your research paper. Read more

Dystopia in literature and movies for your research paper

For your sociology, literature or politics and government class, consider discussing the use of dystopian societies as an allegory for social change. With the popularity of young adult films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver and The Maze Runner, dystopia has never been in such vogue.

'The Giver' is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

‘The Giver’ is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

These films show a society with rigid rules of conduct and an oppressive government controlling their lives. Good research paper topics could be to define dystopia and show how they relate to society and government. Read more

Discuss Post-modern literature in your next research paper

In 1969, I took a class at the University of Michigan that was taught – briefly – by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He had just finished writing Slaughterhouse Five, which I thought was a satirical novel until I learned that Vonnegut had been a prisoner of war during World War II and had survived the Allied bombing of Dresden in an underground meat locker, which was used as an ad hoc detention facility.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

The German guards called the building Schlachthof Fünf and the POWs called it Slaughterhouse Five. That’s when I also learned that the postmodernism literary movement tends to resist definition. Read more

Miss Marple in British literature for your next research paper

When it comes to murder mysteries in British literature nothing beats Agatha Christie and her iconic character, Miss Marple. Although she is a fictional character, Miss Marple has become a beloved figure at the center of murder and mayhem for decades.

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

She was most recently seen in the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery! If you’re sleuthing for good research paper topics in literature, consider looking into the works of Agatha Christie and the character of Miss Marple. Read more

Dystopian literature is catching fire

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins consists of The Hunger Games (2008), Catching Fire (2009), and Mockingjay (2010). The first two books in the series were both New York Times best sellers, and Mockingjay topped all U.S. bestseller lists upon its release.

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The Hunger Games trilogy is a form of dystopian literature. (Credit: Lionsgate)

The popularity of these young adult science fiction adventure novels has created a corresponding surge in interest in dystopian literature. Read more

Read free books online: Over 5,000 titles on Questia

If you want to read free books online, there are over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare titles in the Questia library that you can read online absolutely free! Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere.

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books for free on the website? Read more

How to power through your summer reading list

Summertime—a period when college students get to kick back and just relax. Who cares if you forget half of what you learned during the last semester, right? Not so fast, doing some summer reading will not only keep your brain sharp, but also give you a head start on classes in the fall.

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

You can still enjoy the great outdoors while you finish your summer reading list. (Credit: presta HertzaHaeon)

No one is saying you have to read War and Peace, but the benefits of adding some of the written word into your diet of sun and fun from June through August may just outlast your tan. Here are some things to consider when creating or selecting your summer reading list. Read more

Children’s literature classic made into film adaptation

Once again, Hollywood has turned to a beloved icon of children’s literature for its latest film adaptation. The Paddington Bear movie, to be released on Christmas Day 2014 in the United States, will star Nicole Kidman as an evil taxidermist with her eye on the marmalade-loving creature, and Hugh Bonneville and Julie Walters as Paddington’s adopted parents, the Browns.

The children's literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

The children’s literature book Paddington Bear is being turned into a film adaptation. (Credit: Shine a light)

But who will voice Paddington now that Colin Firth will not be playing the part? For your next literature or film studies research paper, learn about how children’s literature books compare to their film adaptations. Read more