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MA Research Methods 2: Working Practices


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MA Research Methods 2: Working Practices

  1. 1. EN5535: Research & Study Methods for EnglishWorking Practices Session 2:
  2. 2. Session Aims  Increased awareness of the practical and conceptual skills required for postgraduate literary studies  Understanding of the application of essential literary research methods, analytical techniques and theoretical approaches  Appreciation of the dynamic relationship between the researcher, the research topic and the methods employed
  3. 3. What sort of researcher are you? Or, why do you read and think in the way you do?
  4. 4. Ideological Methodological Education and previous training Personal TheoreticalSocial views and perspectives Bias Political Cultural
  5. 5. Methodological Ideological Close Socialist Reading Education and previous trainingSocial Personal TheoreticalWorking Feminist views and Class perspectives Bias Freudian Political Cultural cynic Liberal North American
  6. 6. Ideological Methodological Education and previous training Personal Theoretical Social views and perspectives Otherfactors Bias Political Cultural Unidentified preferences
  7. 7. i.e. we think critically... What do we do when we research literature? Analyse Interpret Evaluate Communicate
  8. 8. Area Studies New HistoricismGender Studies MarxismQueer Theory DeconstructionPsychoanalysis PostmodernismPostcolonial ... Theoretical Methodologies
  9. 9. Part 1: Textual Work45 minutes individual scholarshipworking with a primary textExploring your “default” working style What assumptions are you making as you work? What approaches are you employing? What research questions are raised by this text?
  10. 10. Part 2: Research Groups45 minutes working with otherresearchersTesting an established methodology and collaborative techniques Do you share an understanding of the text? How will the nominated theoretical framework change yourapproach? How will you present this as a viable research option?
  11. 11. Part 3:Communicating Findings 10 minute group presentations Synthesising and evaluating reading and discussion  Consider how best to use your allotted time –who will speak, what will they say?  What are the most convincing and useful aspects of this approach?  Are there weaknesses and limitations to looking at a text from this perspective?
  12. 12. Summary  Critical analysis requires analysing, synthesising and evaluating (not describing) primary and secondary materials  Ask questions of your material and of your own approach to it  Consider whether different approaches and methodologies might be required
  13. 13. Next Session Session 3: Dissemination Week 12