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.