To craft a unique topic from a common theme is quite a difficult thing; therefore, you have to put all of your hard efforts into it. Still, if you cannot craft an interesting topic then we are providing a comprehensive guideline for developing interesting topics for literary research papers.
An ideal way is to write on any author but if you will go for an unpopular author or the one who has been rarely taken as a literary research paper subject then your topic would look unique and interesting. It won’t help if you will keep on writing on the same author that has been discussed thousands of times.
There are many genres of writing besides books such as poetry and prose; drama etc which can be effectively used for writing your paper. First, ask yourself about what kind of genre you are interested in analyzing. Try to analyze the whole concept of the selected genre, its history, major work culminated and contemporary issues that it is facing. For this, an ideal way is to search over the internet to get the first-hand information about it.
The beauty of literature is that it has faced glorious chapters which can be easily become the theme of your research paper. It is not necessary that you only go for the eras that were flourishing for the literature; you can rather write on the periods that didn’t find any worthwhile literature. For instance; you can start with the period that is considered to be the first era of literature like Anglo Saxon period starting from 450 to 1066 Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Period or middle age beginning from 1500 to 1600 A.D.
History is the best option when nothing seems to work. You can easily write on the history of English literature which will comprise almost all of the eras from Anglo Saxon to postmodernism. This topic will be the best if a student isn’t much interested in literature. You can also write on the history of an author that you like, dig his past and write a paper on it.