BA and MA Thesis Advising




Thomas Wyck, „A scholar in his Study“,  (circa 1616 – 1677)

Important information for prospective BA and MA students:

Keep in mind that you do not only choose a supervisor but the supervisor also chooses you.

If at all possible, you may want to reflect on how much you have invested in the courses taught by your potential supervisor: ask yourself whether you contributed to each class to the extent that your intellectual presence in class was vital to the healthy dynamics of the seminar; were you the one whose absence in class meant that the seminar will be a struggle rather than an intellectual experience which makes it worth the effort; or was your class presence passive and only assumed the form of an observer?

Take the time to arrange a meeting with your potential thesis advisor. Discuss your project and its feasibility and find out if they have an interest in your topic.

A potential BA supervisor will make their final decision once your term papers have been assessed (June 23rd/25th). Your term paper must be awarded a positive grade (at least a 5 on a 10 point scale); otherwise, you will be advised to write your BA paper in Linguistics or Stylistics.

Spring 2018 research schedule: MA:BA Thesis_Timetable_Spring 2018

MA Papers 2018

At the Species Juncture: Humanity and Humility in Yann Martel’s The High Mountains of Portugal

BA Papers 2018

Guilty of Being Quilty: Stitching the Case of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

All Creatures Great and Small: (Neo-)Victorian Fossil Hunting in Tracy Chevalier’s Novel Remarkable Creatures

MA papers 2017

The Art of Mourning: Verbal Pentimento in Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch

BA papers 2017

The Thing on the String: The Art of Theft in John Banville’s The Blue Guitar

BA papers 2016

Surfaces and Depths: The Geography of the Artistic Consciousness in Gerald Murnane’s Novel The Plains

The Poetics of the Miniature in Jessie Burton’s Novel The Miniaturist

The Myth of an Artist: Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red

Public and Private Memory in Waltz with BashirA Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polansky

BA papers 2015

The Dionysian and the Orphean: Jim Morrison’s Poetic Ventures

Art and Authenticity in Tom McCarthy’s Men in Space

Shakespeare Subverted: World as Carnival in Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters