English lit undergrad dissertationWatch
Wanting some advice on my English literature dissertation. I am looking at 3 books and how they use mental health institutions as a tool of social conformity. I have no idea if I’m meant to be comparing these books or not? Can anyone explain how they structured their dissertations and if they did comparisons? I hope this makes sense
From a very panicked student!
I don't know how long the dissertation is meant to be? From recollection, it's not that much (about 10K words or something?) Which means, you are essentially writing about 3K per text, plus intro and conclusion. So in your intro you'll set out the main themes you want to cover.
Let's suppose "Girl Interrupted" is text 1, and "One flew over the cuckoo's nest" is text 2. Chapter 1, you set out all your arguments in relation to 'Girl Interrupted". Now, we come onto Chapter 2, and you will be looking at essentially the same terrain, only in relation to a different novel. Naturally, you will be doing some call backs to chapter 1. Like this: "In "One Flew over the cuckoo's nest" the mental institution is a place of hostility where individual freedom is threatened. This is clearly in contrast to way that Kaysen presents the asylum, as a place where community thrives." And so on.
At the end, in your conclusion, you will pull out the main points of comparability and contrast, and point these up. Job done.