Arts: Literary Studies essays
What makes a good Literary Studies essay?
The main purpose of a Literary Studies essay is to closely analyse one or more literary texts/literary theories, and then formulate and defend an argument about a key problem or question in the discipline.
This process involves:
- engaging critically with appropriate secondary material
- contributing to socio-historical, ecological, theoretical, gender, and genre-specific debates in Literary Studies
- demonstrating skills in finding, evaluating and presenting analysis of relevant primary and secondary sources.
Tips for writing a Literary Studies essay View
Respond to the chosen essay topic or question properly.
Maintain a clear position, or contention, in relation to the topic. This position is supported by an argument that is developed over the course of the essay and supported by appropriate evidence from primary and secondary sources.
Demonstrate an attempt to develop original ideas, make new observations and connections, or put forward a different perspective.
Be attentive to citing and referencing requirements. The essay must provide citations for all quotes and ideas taken from other sources, as well as a properly-formatted reference list of all works cited in the essay.
Write using academic writing conventions, be serious and formal in tone, avoiding slang and contractions, and be attentive to spelling and grammar.
Adhere to discipline-specific writing principles.