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    Hi, we have just been moved onto our sixth year timetables and we have started talking about dissertations in English. I am interested in sort of psychological thrillers like Stephen King books but I also like books like to kill a mockingbird and I know why the caged bird sings - both EXCELLENT reads!

    I was just wondering if anyone could give me ideas for good texts and if it would be possible to do an effective dissertation on Stephen King style novels

    Oh, and what do people think would be a good topic for a discursive essay?
    Thanks!

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    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=4138513 (thread with more posts there)

    I would avoid To Kill A Mockingbird (taught at Nat 5) - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sing is perfectly acceptable, a comparison with another memoir (focusing on either racism or feminism) would be excellent

    Stephen King generally wouldn't be accepted at AH level - genre fiction tends to be looked down upon. A phenomenal author who greatly influenced Stephen King is Shirley Jackson (1950s-ish era, wrote famous Short Story "The Lottery) - an analysis of her novels "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" and "The Haunting of Hill House" focusing on unreliable narration (as well as general themes of isolation etc) is a possibility to look into

    Discursive wise I'd promote an essay less like the wannabe guardian pieces churned out at higher and a more literary essay type of format. The option to submit non-fiction was only added the year just gone by there with CfE so most markers will be as clueless as the students with what to expect :lol: - only one person in my class wrote a discursive and he did it on the topic of "What is Happiness?"
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    Hi all,
    I'm thinking of using The Outsider by Albert Camus for my dissertation with a focus on the theme of the absurd and alienation. I was thinking of linking it with The Trial by Kafka. However I'm not too sure, does anyone have any ideas of other novels which could fit well with The Outsider. I had also considered Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky bringing in the theme of guilt although I'm quite unsure about it all at the moment. Any thoughts?
 
 
 
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