Dissertation Proposals

Hi folks,

Can you complete the attached form (digitally, if possible) for the day you come back after the summer, Wednesday 16th August?

Dissertation Proposal

Thank you!


5 thoughts on “Dissertation Proposals

  1. Hi,
    I’m wanting to study The Handmaid’s Tale as one of my dissertation texts, looking at it in the way of a feminist novel, but I am struggling to know which other novel to choose as I’m not sure how similar they have to be. I was wondering if you had any suggestions of any possible other books which could be suitable?


    • Hi Catherine,

      Hope you’re having a good holiday. Firstly, I’d suggest having a tighter focus that the text as a feminist novel, which is quite broad and vague – what particular aspects do you want to focus on? For example, you could look at characterisation, the dystopian setting, or the portrayal of a theocracy. Once you’ve decided that, finding another text will be far easier.

      In the meantime, have a look at the list of dissertation text suggestions I posted – this might help give you some ideas.

      Let me know how you get on, and if you’re still stuck once you’ve decided on your focus, I can help.


      • Hi, thank you. I’ve had a think and if I were to focus on characterisation then would a book like The Women’s Room or The Colour Purple be suitable as my other text?

        Sorry for disturbing you over the holidays!


      • Hi Catherine,

        Don’t worry about it! That’s what I’m here for. Characterisation is a much clearer focus, which is good, but be careful you’re not just selecting another novel simply because it’s a feminist text. What character development do you want to explore, and within what context? The Women’s Room would be better with something like The Yellow Wallpaper, and I think you’d struggle to deal with the theocratical and dystopian setting of The Handmaid’s Tale and the racist oppression in The Colour Purple within your 3000 word limit.

        You could think about maybe looking at another of Atwood’s novels, The Year of the Flood, or, what could be really interesting, is if you compared the female narrative of The Handmaid’s Tale with a male narrative, is something like say Fight Club, exploring how the narrators and central characters explore the trappings of their gender.


    • Hi,

      I’m going to have more of a think about the female v male narrative because that sounds very interesting.

      Thank you!


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