I currently have a couple half-baked ideas for my capstone project, and I’m having a hard time narrowing them down. At one point I thought I might write the libretto for a musical about Dungeons and Dragons (more specifically, people who PLAY D&D, and not the actual content and characters of the D&D universe), though I’m not quite sure if I could think of this project as a means of answering a driving questions, or if I could even complete it in the time allotted. That said, I still flirt with the idea, and I definitely haven’t given up on it as a potential project.
However, Ray’s suggestion to think about topics that we’ve been exposed to in undergrad that we have yet to fully exhaust got me thinking about other, perhaps more promising ideas. For example, last year I wrote a research paper about the image of the werewolf in medieval literature, and while I was really proud of my final draft, I felt that I had only skimmed the surface of my topic. Writing the paper allowed me to explore how, why, and when humanity creates images of monsters (in short, I think that the monster often indicates a disconnect in human understand, and reflects a particular fear [most likely borne from ignorance] of a given culture/era/population/etc), and I’ve been curious to explore the subject more ever since. I’m wondering if I could try and craft a potential project that could explore this idea in greater depth, or at least in a different genre/format from medieval literature (which isn’t my favorite genre to work in, if I’m being completely honest). I think there may even be a way to combine this topic with my musical idea, though I’m not entirely sure how I’d go about doing that just yet.