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Why bother with a post grad course - waste of time? 17-10-2016
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    Roald Dahl
    Indian Literature

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    Hi guys,

    I'm at the point where I'm beginning to think about my dissertation for topic for next year and I have to produce a project outline to hand in at the beginning of June. I am, however, very undecided between two areas that I am equally interested in.

    I'm a literature student and I am interested in looking at children's literature or literature by Indian authors. If I were to do children's literature it would most likely be Roald Dahl - I would find this fun, stimulating and fascinating analysing his texts from an adult perspective. I'm not sure what my title would be, but I've noted the common themes through most of his works so I'm sure I won't be stuck for ideas.

    Indian literature appeals to me a lot, being Indian myself. I studied some texts by Indian authors on a postcolonial module and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, whilst I'm quite content to do a 2500 word essay on them, I'm not sure I'd get as much motivation from them as I would from studying children's literature in order to keep me going through a 8000 word dissertation. My title would be something along the lines of the oppression of women/ their role in society. Whilst I am fascinated by this, being an Indian woman myself, I just don't know if I love it THAT much. But, I found that when I wrote my previous essay I got really stuck in to these issues.

    Part of me is telling me to use this opportunity to explore my culture a bit more, but the other part is reminding me how much I loved Roald Dahl's books growing up - my familiarity with them surely will be a great help.

    Any help please? I have been trying to decide for two days now
    Also, if you do vote if you could state any reasoning that would be very helpful, thank you!

    Okay, so from my experience... you choose a topic, your supervisor ruins the outline and you do something toooottally different, i.e. what they's interested in haha!

    I'd go for what you know you enjoy. Dissertations are strenuous...

    INDIAN LIT OBVS!!!! Although, Roald Dahl is pretty cool
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    Do whichever topic you think you will be able to do well at and will enjoy doing It sounds like children's literature is where your passion is. You have plenty of time to learn about your culture outside of your dissertation
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