Advanced Higher English Dissertation 2018-19 Watch
I really need help on what to do my dissertation on. I’m interested in drama, as in plays and musicals etc, so I’d like to write mines on something drama related. I’m so lost as to where to even start, any ideas on a topic(s)?
Have you looked at the Shetland Advanced Higher Dissertation book list? They’ve got books/plays/poems by themes and author which would be a worthwhile read. See if anything catches your eye there. If not, what do you enjoy reading? What sort of genre or theme would you like to explore? Any particular setting like the Deep South for example? Do you like a TV series based on a play/novel or a musical perhaps? I’d start just jotting down some ideas, anything that comes to mind, and maybe browse your local library. See if anything catches your eye. One thing my teacher said was to avoid dystopian fiction like the Handmaid’s Tale and 1984 because they’re approaching being overdone. That’s all the advice I can really give for now, I’m still doing the reading for mine! Good luck
If not then I will most likely do The Catcher in the rye and The Trick is to Keep Breathing and focus on the theme of a breakdown
Guten tag everybody, I did the AH English course last year so if anyone has any questions feel free to ask! I just read through the thread, and I would strongly advice against doing any dystopia if you’ve heard of it before (The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World are overdone to death) and I’d say the same about Jane Austen and Bronte; people have got full marks on analyses of Pride and Prejudice and Emma - there’s a fantastic one on the understanding standards page - but again, as it is a common choice your dissertation will have to be that bit more involved and unorthodox to do well in comparison to, say, postcolonial literature (which is, sort of, what I did). You’re not going to immediately do well if you pick the latter, and you’re not immediately going to do poorly with the former, it’s just harder to stand out, if you get me? As for other advice regarding choices, don’t do any books writtten in the last twenty years, as getting resources on them might actually cost money, don’t choose great hulking books like War and Peace (just not worth it) or Moby **** (which is fantastic, but analysing it in 3000 words isn’t going to end well) as it just takes too long to get a good grasp on the text, do choose novels you can sink your teeth into, but don’t bite off more than you can chew (I did 100 Years of Solitude and there was just too much to write about) and most of all enjoy the course! This might be the last time you’ll study english, so take the opportunity to read deeply and think critically whilst having some fun... You’ll miss it (promise).
Yo, glad that ramble was of some help! I’mma be straight with you chief, my knowledge of Hardy is pretty poor - I’m not particularly keen on literary realism honestly, but maybe that will change when I bother to read some of it - but I can’t say I’ve seen anyone do the Woodlanders before. Hardy himself is a fairly common choice; I had a friend who did Tess of the D’Urbervilles and another of his, but I would say that going for a respected author’s *lesser* known works is a good idea, so without knowing much more about it I wouldn’t think it a bad choice. I had a wikipedia of it and there seems to be plenty to talk about, so yeah, go for it I’d say! Just so long as you have something good to pair it up with of course. Oh, and I’m like a week late at this point, but to any lads perusing this thread i hope results day went well!
So, I have decided to do my dissertation on six of Sylvia Plath's poems, to be precise they are:
The Arrival of the Bee Box
The comparison will be something in regards to death or mental illness.
I know Plath may have been overdone in recent years but can anyone offer me an idea of a title or whether or not I should be okay doing this as my dissertation topic?
The two books I am reading for my dissertation are "Dracula" by Bram Stoker and "Interview with the Vampire" by Anne Rice. I have found some reliable sources on the female characters in Dracula and how they're sexualised, but wouldn't know how to put this into a full-length dissertation, or even how to phrase the thing properly (does that make sense idek 😂)
Thank you all for your help!
Thanks scottishst25 for making this thread and great to see so many people using it and helping each other out!
If anyone is up for it, please feel free to make a more general Advanced Higher English exam thread for this year, so you can discuss and help each other out with all aspects of the course. Just let me know and I can get it added in to the shiny new 2018-19 SQA Exam Threads Directory!
Our teacher still hasn't spoken to us about our dissertations yer even though its midway through the year. I was thinking about looking at You by Caroline Kepnes and Wuthering Heights looking at obsessive love or something along those lines, thoughts???