Module Details

LT901-7-FY-CO: Research Methods In Literary And Cultural Analysis

Year: 2016/17
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Shohini Chaudhuri (Autumn), Dr Deidre Serjeantson (Spring)
Teaching Staff: Dr Shohini Chaudhuri (Autumn), Dr Deidre Serjeantson (Spring)
Contact details: LiFTS General Office - email Telephone 01206 872626

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This is a ten-week core module over the autumn and spring terms for MA Literature, Film, Theatre Studies, Creative Writing, and Wild Writing students. The dissertation is a crucial component of all these MA schemes and offers students the chance to pursue topics that passionately interest them. This module prepares students for the dissertation, guiding them through the basic research skills and methods they need to acquirein order to complete that research project successfully at the standards required at postgraduate level. Its underlying rationale is to show students that research methods form an intrinsic part of intellectual and creative endeavour. It therefore adopts a pluralistic approach, allowing students to encounter a variety of research methods and methodologies that, it is hoped, they will find useful and inspiring for their current or future work. The course is also recommended to first-year LiFTS PhD students who have not already attended a Research Methods course.

Module Supervisor's Research into Subject Area

Clare Finburgh and Shohini Chaudhuri are active researchers in the fields of Theatre Studies and Film Studies respectively. Clare has co-written a book on Jean Genet, co-edited two books on contemporary French theatre, and published numerous articles and book chapters on Francophone and UK theatre. Shohini has published three books - Contemporary World Cinema (2005), Feminist Film Theorists (2006) and Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship (2014). Both supervisors draw on their extensive research experience to guide students in formulating their own projects.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Fortnightly 2-hour lecture/workshop.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


A secondary literature review and a dissertation plan.



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