Since heading back to school last year, I've noticed that I have developed a pretty consistent trend over the course of the semester. I start out reading like crazy (which never really lets up), and perhaps I also have an overarching idea that I'm interested in pursuing throughout the class (which sometimes changes drastically). Around midterms (usually just after I've written my midterm paper), I start researching with my final paper in mind. I've read around enough to have a good (if sometimes basic) idea of what's out there, or at least where I should start looking. And I've refined my "overarching idea" enough to make a final paper out of it.
That's about where I am right now in my Emergence of Modernism class and in my directed research. I spent most of Friday trolling library online catalogs and databases. I've got a list of books to pick up and a pile of articles in my downloads folder to sift through - exciting! I'm working towards writing on the legal notion of equity and its historical place as the purview of the monarch. It's the perfect marriage between The Justice Project and the beginnings of The Kingship Cycle. I still have to do the legal part of the research, so I'm hoping for some help researching on West Law and Lexis Nexis. Here are a few of the titles on my reading list:
Law and Empire in English Renaissance Literature by Brian C. Lockey
Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe by Victoria Kahn
The Poetics of English Nationhood, 1590-1612 by Claire McEachern
Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination by Ian Ward
Treason by Words: Literature, Law, and Rebellion in Shakespeare's England by Rebecca Lemon
Metadrama in Shakespeare's Henriad by James Calderwood
Forms of Nationhood by Richard Helgerson
I'd better put some tea on and get reading!