Select a significant work of literature and write a research paper relating the work to our broader discussion of Western culture and Christian thought.

Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Research Paper Guidelines
You will select a significant work of literature and write a research paper
relating the work to our broader discussion of Western culture and Christian
Potential Topics
This is not a comprehensive list of all great works written before the modern
era. Rather, it is a starting point, a collection of ideas to help guide you to a
promising thesis topic.
 Epic of Gilgamesh
 Jeremiah: Lamentations
 Job
 Psalms: selections
 Solomon: Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
 Aeschylus: any play
 Apollonius Rhodius: Argonautica
 Euripides: any play
 Herodotus: The Histories
 Hesiod: Works and Days
 Homer: Iliad, Odyssey, Homeric Hymns
 Plato: any dialogue
 Sophocles: Antigone, Oedipus Rex
 Thucydides: The Peloponnesian War
 Apuleius: The Golden Ass
 Augustine: De Doctrina Christiana, Confessions, City of God
 Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
 Caesar, Julius: The Gallic Wars
 Catullus: selected poems
 Cicero, Marcus Tullius: any work
 Eusebius: Church History
 Horace: selected poems
 Gregory the Great: Cura Pastoralis
 Josephus: any work
 Juvenal: any work
 Livy: The History of Rome
 Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
 Marcus Aurelius: Meditations
 Origen: any work
 Ovid: Metamorphoses
 Plutarch: selected lives from Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans
 Suetonius: Lives of the Twelve Caesars
 Tacitus: Annals, Germania, Histories
 Terence: any play
 Tertullian: any work
 Vergil: Aeneid, Bucolics, Georgics
 Ancrene Wisse
 Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
 Aquinas, Thomas: any work
 The Arabian Nights
 The Battle of Maldon
 Bede: The Ecclesiastical History of the English People
 Beowulf
 Boccaccio: Decameron
 Chaucer, Geoffrey: Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde
 Dante Alighieri: The Divine Comedy, La Vita Nuova
 El Cid
 Everyman
 Gower: Confessio Amantis
 Ibn Battuta: Rihla
 Koran: selected passages
 Langland, William: Piers Plowman
 Layamon: Brut
 Machiavelli, Niccolo: The Prince
 Malory, Thomas: Le Morte d’Arthur
 de Meun, Jean: Roman de la Rose
 The Niebelungenlied
 Njal’s Saga
 Polo, Marco: Travels
 Pearl Poet: “The Pearl,” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, “Sir Orfeo”
 Petrarch: selected poems
 Pisan, Christine de: selected poems
 Poetic Edda
 Ramayana
 The Song of Roland
 Sturluson, Snorri: Prose Edda
 Arminius, Jacobus: any work
 Bacon, Francis: selected essays
 Behn, Aphra: any work
 Calvin, John: any work
 Cervantes, Miguel: Don Quixote
 Cranmer, Thomas: The Book of Common Prayer
 Diaz, Bernal: A True History of the Conquest of New Spain
 Donne, John: any work
 Erasmus, Desiderius: any work
 Foxe, John: Acts and Monuments (Foxe’s Book of Martyrs)
 Galileo, any work
 Grantham, Thomas: Christianismus Primitivus
 Hakluyt, Richard: Voyages
 Helwys, Thomas: any work
 Holinshed, Raphael: Chronicles
 Jonson, Ben: any play
 Latimer, Hugh: selected sermons
 Loyola, Ignatius: Spiritual Exercises
 Luther, Martin: any work
 Marlowe, Christopher: any play
 Montaigne: selected essays
 More, Thomas: any work
 Shakespeare, William: any work
 Sidney, Philip: Astrophel and Stella, A Defense of Poesy, The Countess
of Pembroke’s Arcadia
 Simons, Menno: any work
 Spencer, Edmund: The Faerie Queene, The Shepherd’s Calendar
 Taylor, Jeremy: Holy Living, Holy Dying
 Tottel, Richard: Tottel’s Miscellany
 Tyndale, William: any work
Grading Criteria
Your research paper will be graded as follows.
Content: 45%
 Do you provide a clear, provable thesis?
 Do you defend and support your thesis with concrete evidence?
 Do you demonstrate an awareness of issues surrounding your thesis
and the work it examines?
Structure: 30%
 Do you have an introduction?
 Does your argument proceed logically?
 Are your transitions smooth?
 Do you have a conclusion?
Length and Format: 10%
 Is your paper 2,000-2,500 words long?
 Is your paper double-spaced?
 Do you follow Turabian format? (For this paper, use endnotes and
include a bibliography.)
Spelling & Grammar: 5%
 Is your paper polished?
Sources: 10%
 Do you have 8-10 valid sources, including at least one full-length book
and one journal article?
 Are your sources appropriate and adequate for the topic?

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