1. Choose an author. Choose someone who you are REALLY interested in, someone who’s been published within the past five centuries. YOU MUST have approval from Prof. Phillips to pursue the author you would like to research! You must submit your literature choice(s) and receive feedback that it is APPROVED.
2. Read the author’s work. Also read some biographical or introductory material about the author.
3. Choose a topic. Find some aspect of the author’s work(s) that interests you then form this topic into a thesis statement. Your topic might involve an element of literature (plot, structure, setting, character, language and so on), the relation of the author’s work to biography or history, how the author’s work defined or changed a genre, or some psychological, religious, social, feminist, or other aspect of the author’s work.