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Senior Thesis

Content Guidelines

There are three basic requirements for the content of the thesis: it should be comparative, have a theoretical component, and be a research project.

  • "Comparative" means that the thesis should discuss at least two texts from different linguistic groups, historical periods or genres; or texts from different media, for example, literature and film or literature and music.
  • The "theoretical component" means that thesis writers should demonstrate a knowledge of literary criticism and theory by referring to theoretical texts and ideas that have particular bearing on the thesis topic or approach. This does not mean that each thesis must strictly follow a particular school of theory or a specific interpretive practice.
  • Finally, the "research" aspect means that the thesis must demonstrate that the writer has a knowledge of secondary material relating to his or her project. That is, through references in the body of the text and in the bibliography, the writer must show that he or she has examined the ideas of the important interpretations and commentaries on the works at issue in the thesis.

Style Guidelines

  • All theses must be printed on acid-free paper, and either on a laser printer or a letter-quality printer.
  • Margins: 1" top, bottom, and right; 1.5" left.
  • Last name and page number on the top right hand corner. No number on the first page (although it is counted as 1); no number on title page (and it is not counted, or is counted as page zero).
  • Title page: Layout at your discretion. However, do not use fancy or large fonts; stay within the margin limitations; and include the following information: Name, title, class (i.e., May 1994), and the words Senior Thesis in Comparative Literature, The Colorado College.
  • Use either footnotes or endnotes, but not both. Notes should be substantive. Most bibliographical references should be included parenthetically in the texts. Include name and page number only (no commas or little p's). If you are using more than one source by the same author, include abbreviated version of the title instead of the name. Otherwise, use the author's name. If your context either names the source or makes it self evident, all you need in the reference is the page number.
  • Bibliography: Include either list of "Works Cited" or "Works Consulted" at your discretion. If you want, you may also want to separate them and include both. Anything cited must be included.

If you have any questions, refer to the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Copies of this resource are available in the Writing Center.

Recent Senior Thesis Topics


Fluidity, Surrender, and Excess in Hélène Cixous’ The Book of Promethea

Reading Laughingly: Notes on Cracking Up “In-Order-To"

Omphalos y el Infinito: Plurality and Identity in James Joyce’s Ulysses and Jorge Luis Borges’s Ficciones


Magical Realism in Post-Mao Chinese Literature

The Aura in the Onset of Modernity: From Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal to Huidobro's Altazor

The Spanish Civil War as a Red Herring in Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie Through the Lens of Fernando Ferán-Gómez's Las bicicletas son para el Verano


Racialization of Private Space: Transracial Adoption Literature in a Colorblind Age

Illuminating the Extradiscursive: The Threat of Environmental Agency to Colonial Discourse

Poking Holes within the Hegemonic Discourse: Revising the French Feminist Agenda


Serving Under-served Languages: A Translation from Galician

The Testimonial Experience of Civil Wars" A Question of Trauma Expression and Historical Representation

Shackles: A Translation of selected of poems from Aimé Césaire’s Ferrements


Sirena Selena, Queens of Dream: A Responsible Translation of Difference and Unspoken Rhetorics

La Science impossible de l'être unique: A Lever for the Image/Text

Alfons Cervera’s Maquis Translating Trauma, Translation as Survival