Could anyone at least assist with a (useful) suggestion? I'll narrow it down for you. It needs to be about literature. That means it can't be about cures for cancer, the financial effect of internet shopping and idiot politicians on the Australia deficit, or, Jodie Picoult. (I am so mean. I haven't even read a Jodie Picoult. But everyone needs a Jodie Picoult to 'Jodie Picoult' with.) It has to be something I can live with for the three to five years that a part-time doctoral thesis will take. It will be like doing something you really love for a job—I will probably kill that something in the process. (I'm talking about an author, a genre or a theorist. Not someone I know and currently love. And I am talking their work, not their person. There will be no burying of bodies in upright graves so satellites don't discern strange newly-dug six-foot long holes in my immediate vicinity.) My original thoughts were along this trajectory: Fatherlessness and Violence in Fight Club, Dexter and Great Expectations. Those are the little elements that need to be in it. Some sort of link between one thing and another that can be argued through theory and which shows in the texts. A range of texts, which can include visual texts (they're a whole lot of fun in their own right). And usually a classic thrown in. The hesitation with going with that option, although I do think it would be interesting, are that Fight Club is too 'done', Great Expectations doesn't have the right level of violence. I could probably do Crime and Punishment but I have read it too many times already. The other things that interest me are identity formation and celebrity, especially the link between those. That was what my honours thesis was about, so I would consider something similar—although I do love difference. To help you work it out I am planning to immerse myself in the whole Palahniuk oeuvre. Even though I don't want to because then they will be all read. And because reading eleven books or so is going to speed things up, I am sure. But he'll be there no matter what. I'm watching now for your replys.
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