With a focus on creative practice, your research may not necessarily be guided by an explicit research question or a gap that your research aims to address.
Nonetheless, a literature review should still contextualise and situate your practice, processes and/or work.
In essence, a literature review identifies, evaluates and synthesises the relevant literature within a particular field of research.
It illuminates how knowledge has evolved within the field, highlighting what has already been done, what is generally accepted, what is emerging and what is the current state of thinking on the topic.
In addition, within research-based texts such as a Doctoral thesis, a literature review identifies a research gap (i.e.
unexplored or under-researched areas) and articulates how a particular research project addresses this gap.Humanities theses are generally divided into chapters which each deal with an aspect of the research problem.There is usually also a short literature review in the introduction, to situate and justify the study, but often further appropriate research literature is integrated into each chapter.This is a cyclical, iterative process in that you will return to find and read more sources and incorporate them into your synthesis.While many of the general considerations outlined in this module are pertinent to all research, there are some particular things to consider when writing a literature review within your discipline.You will also need to revisit your literature review in the final stages of your research to relate your own findings to what other scholars have previously found in your area.At this stage you may need to explore fields that were not included in your preliminary review.In the following sections, you will find additional information and advice for writing a literature review within specific disciplinary areas.Practice-based research often leads to the production of a creative artifact, a body of work or a performance, as well as an accompanying exegetical text.If you are writing a literature review as part of a practice-based exegesis, the content within this module will be relevant to you.However, it’s important to note that, to some extent, your literature review is likely to deviate from a typical literature review.