wildsycamore
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I'm in Year Twelve, I love English literature and want to study it at uni. I'm in the process of choosing a topic for my Extended Project Qualification, and I really want to do it on something to do with books. My ideas so far are:
-the presentation of mental illness in literature (focusing on The Bell Jar and Catcher in the Rye)
-something to do with Orlando by Virginia Woolf, maybe about gender?
-something on Kafka (the only thing I've read by him so far is The Trial, but I love it a lot and have so much to say about the themes)
-other books I'd consider writing about are Giovanni's Room, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Lolita, To Kill a Mockingbird

Should I choose a theme and investigate how it is presented in different books? Should I investigate how a particular event in history has influenced literature/how a particular author was influenced by events in their life? Or should I stop focusing on specific books and ask something like "How can we persuade young people to read more?"
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i'm not sure what spec you do (i do english lit B) but i'd be concerned about doing one that is too similar to an NEA - i don't think unis would find it of much value. i wouldn't focus on a specific novel, (i like your first idea!) and i'd go for something more like a particular period or theme. i also like the particular event in history idea - i think that could be explored thoroughly and make a really good EPQ
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