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OPTIONS FOR SENIOR RESEARCH PAPER
Adventure/Exploration

Arthurian legends (possible option: analyzing four selections of the following writers?)



Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Geoffrey of Monmouth

Chretien de Troyes

Thomas Malory

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

T.H. White

Bill Bryson

Joseph Conrad

Charles Darwin

Isak Dinesen

Alexandre Dumas

Ian Fleming

William Golding

William Goldman

Ernest Hemingway

James Herriot

James Hilton

Sebastian Junger

Rudyard Kipling

Jon Krakauer

Jack London

Peter Matthiessen

Herman Melville

Dava Sobel

Robert Louis Stevenson

Tom Wolfe



The Ancients

Aeschylus

Aristophanes

Euripides

Herodotus

Homer


Ovid

Sappho


Seneca

Sophocles

Thucydides
Crime/Mystery/Noir

Margery Allingham

James M. Cain

Raymond Chandler

Agatha Christie

Arthur Conan Doyle

Umberto Eco

Jason Goodwin

Dashiell Hammett

P.D. James

Dennis Lehane

Robert Parker

Ian Pears

Edgar Allen Poe

Dorothy Sayers

Drama

Aeschylus

Edward Albee

Aristophanes

Samuel Beckett

Bertholt Brecht

Christopher Durang

Anton Chekhov

Euripides

Henrik Ibsen

Eugene Ionesco

David Mamet

Christopher Marlowe

M. Somerset Maugham

Arthur Miller

Moliere


Eugene O’Neill

Harold Pinter

Jean Racine

William Shakespeare

George Bernard Shaw

Neil Simon

Sophocles

Tom Stoppard

Oscar Wilde

Thornton Wilder

Tennessee Williams

Essays

Maya Angelou

Francis Bacon

James Baldwin

Joan Didion

Frederick Douglas

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Benjamin Franklin

William Hazlitt

Samuel Johnson

Charles Lamb

Montaigne

George Orwell

Thomas Paine

Plutarch

George Saunders

Simon Schama

Seneca


Jonathan Swift

Henry David Thoreau

James Thurber

Gore Vidal

David Foster Wallace

E.B. White

Virginia Woolf

Graphic Novel

Marjane Sartrapi

Art Spiegelman

History

Ancient historians

Herodotus

Thucydides

Plutarch

Suetonius

Tacitus

Will Durant



Michel Foucoult

Shelby Foote

Peter Gay

Edward Gibbon

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Richard Hofstadter

Pauline Maier

William Manchester

David McCullough

William McNeill

Simon Schama

Alexis de Tocqueville

Eugene Weber
Horror/Ghost Story

Peter Benchley

William Peter Blatty

Thomas Harris

Henry James

Stephen King

Ira Levin

Jeff Lindsay

Guy de Maupassant

Edgar Allen Poe

Anne Rice

Mary Shelley

Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker


Love/Romance

Jane Austen

R.D. Blackmore

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

George Eliot

Laura Esquivel

F. Scott Fitzgerald

E.M. Forster

William Goldman

Graham Greene

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Ernest Hemingway

Henry James

Milan Kundera

D.H. Lawrence

Gabriel Maria Marquez

Harumi Murakami

Michael Ondaatje

Boris Pasternak

Shakespeare

Leo Tolstoy

Edith Wharton

Medieval/Early Modern

Dante Alighieri

Arthurian legends (possible option: analyzing four selections of the following writers?)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Geoffrey of Monmouth

Chretien de Troyes

Thomas Malory

Miguel Cervantes

Geoffrey Chaucer

John Donne

Christopher Marlowe

John Milton

William Shakespeare

Edmund Spenser

Philip Sydney



Memoir

Mitch Albom

Maya Angelou

Augusten Burroughs

Frederick Douglas

Dave Eggers

John Howard Griffin

Dan Kennedy

James McBride

Frank McCourt

Marjane Sartrapi

David Sedaris

Jennette Walls

Elie Wiesel

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Malcolm X/Alex Haley



Nature/Ecology/Animals

John James Audubon

Douglas Adams

Bill Bryson

Rachel Carson

Charles Darwin

Annie Dillard

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jon Krakauer

Peter Matthiessen

Norman McLean

Herman Melville

John Muir

Henry David Thoreau

James Thurber

E.B. White

E.O. Wilson

19th Century Novel

Louisa May Alcott

Jane Austen

Honore de Balzac

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lewis Carroll

Arthur Conan Doyle

Joseph Conrad

Stephn Crane

Daniel Defoe (18th century)

Charles Dickens

Fyodor Dostoevski

Theodore Dreiser

Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot

Gustave Flaubert

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Victor Hugo

Henry James

Herman Melville

Sir Walter Scott

Mary Shelley

Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker

William Makepeace Thackeray

Leo Tolstoy

Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev

Mark Twain

Jules Verne

H.G. Wells

Emile Zola




Philosophy

Aristotle

Immanuel Kant

John Locke

Karl Marx

Friedrich Nietzche

Plato

Jean Jacques Rousseau



Adam Smith

Poetry

Alfred Lord Tennyson

Maya Angelou

Matthew Arnold

Dante Alighieri

W.H. Auden

Elizabeth Bishop

William Blake

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Robert Browning

Jorge Luis Borges

Lord Byron

Andre Breton

e.e. cummings

Geoffrey Chaucer

Samuel Coleridge

Emily Dickinson

John Donne

William Dunbar

T.S. Eliot

Robert Frost

Allen Ginsberg

George Herbert

Langston Hughes

Seamus Heaney

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A.E. Housman

James Joyce

John Keats

Omar Khayyam

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Federico Garcia Lorca

C.S. Lewis

Audre Lorde

Edgar Lee Masters

John Milton

William Morris

Pablo Neruda

Wilfred Owen

Edgar Allen Poe

Octavio Paz

Alexander Pushkin

Rainer Maria Rilke

Carl Sandburg

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wallace Stevens

Siegfried Sassoon

Shakespeare

Edmund Spenser

Philip Sydney

Sara Teasdale

Walt Whitman

William Wordsworth

William Butler Yeats

Postmodernism

Martin Amis

Margaret Atwood

Paul Auster

Julian Barnes

John Barth

Saul Bellow

Jorge Luis Borges

Anthony Burgess

William S. Burroughs

Albert Camus

Michael Chabon

Don DeLillo

Junot Diaz

Philip K. Dick

Umberto Eco

Dave Eggers

Ralph Ellison

John Gardner

Joseph Heller

John Irving

Kazuo Ishiguro

Dan Kennedy

Jack Kerouac

Ken Kesey

Chuck Klosterman

Milan Kundera

Bernard Malamud

Norman Mailer

Cormac McCarthy

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Tim O’Brien

Michael Ondaatje

Thomas Pynchon

Raymond Queneau

Tom Robbins

George Saunders

Zadie Smith

Tom Stoppard

Hunter S. Thompson

Kurt Vonnegut

David Foster Wallace



Satire, Wit, Humor

Douglas Adams

Jane Austen

Robert Benchley

William Blake

Bill Bryson

David Cross

Dave Eggers

Graham Greene

Joseph Heller

Dan Kennedy

George Orwell

Dorothy Parker

Stephen Potter

Saki

George Saunders



Amy Sedaris

David Sedaris

Tom Stoppard

Jonathan Swift

Dylan Thomas

James Thurber

Mark Twain

Voltaire


Kurt Vonnegut

David Foster Wallace

Oscar Wilde

P.G. Wodehouse



Science-fiction/fantasy

Isaac Asimov

Douglas Adams

Margaret Atwood

Ray Bradbury

Arthur C. Clarke

Michael Crichton

Roald Dahl

Philip K. Dick

Neil Gaiman

Aldous Huxley

P.D. James

Stephen King

Stan Lee


C.S. Lewis

H.P. Lovecraft

Edgar Allen Poe

Ayn Rand


Anne Rice

J.K. Rowling

Carl Sagan

Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker

J.R.R. Tolkien

Jules Verne

Kurt Vonnegut

H.G. Wells

Sports

Mitch Albom

David Angell

Jim Bouton

Doris Kearns Goodwin

David Halberstam

Chuck Klosterman

Ring Lardner

Michael Lewis

Stephen Porter

Bill Simmons

Spy/International Intrigue

Tom Clancy

Len Deighton

Ian Fleming

Ken Follett

Fredrick Forsyth

Graham Greene

John Le Carre

Robert Ludlum

20th Century Novelists

Maya Angelou

James Baldwin

Raymond Chandler

Agatha Christie

Joseph Conrad

Isak Dinesen

Theodore Dreiser

Ralph Ellison

William Faulkner

F. Scott Fitzgerald

E.M. Forster

William Golding

Dashiell Hammett

Joseph Heller

Ernest Hemingway

Zora Neale Hurston

Aldous Huxley

Henry James

James Joyce

Franz Kafka

Jack Kerouac

Rudyard Kipling

Thomas Mann

M. Somerset Maugham

Carson McCullers

Toni Morrison

George Orwell

Marcel Proust

Salmon Rushdie

J.D. Salinger

John Steinbeck

Kurt Vonnegut

Evelyn Waugh

P.G. Wodehouse

Virginia Woolf



War

Possible option: Ancient Greek/Roman view of war?

Homer

Thucydides



Virgil

Possible option: medieval/Renaissance view of war?



Beowulf

Arthurian legends

Edmund Spenser

Stephen Ambrose

Stephen Crane

Graham Greene

David Halberstam

Ernest Hemingway

Sebastian Junger

John Keegan

Ian McEwan

Samuel Eliot Morrison

Tim O’Brien

Shakespeare

Leo Tolstoy

Kurt Vonnegut



Women’s Voices

Louisa May Alcott

Maya Angelou

Margaret Atwood

Jane Austen

Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

Emily Bronte

Elizabeth Barret Browning

Willa Cather

Kate Chopin

Agatha Christie

Emily Dickinson

Joan Didion

Annie Dillard

Isak Dinesen

George Eliot

Zora Neale Hurston

Carson McCullers

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Margaret Mitchell

Toni Morrison

Dorothy Parker

Sylvia Plath

Ayn Rand


Anne Rice

J.K. Rowling

George Sand

Sappho


Anne Sexton

Mary Shelley

Zadie Smith

Gertrude Stein

Amy Tan

Alice Walker



Evelyn Waugh

Edith Wharton



Mary Wollstonecraft

Virginia Woolf


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