Answered By: Josh Denby
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2017     Views: 127

For Literary Studies, keywords will frequently be the name of the author you are studying, the title of the work (play, novel, story, poem, etc.) you are analyzing, the name of a theory or theorist with whom you are working, and words or phrases that represent the issues, themes, motifs, concepts, etc. that you are examining.

For example, if you are using a Marxist approach to analyze Shakespeare’s treatment of death in the play Hamlet, your initial keywords would be “Shakespeare,” “Hamlet,” “Marxism,” and “death.” You may try additional search terms, like synonyms or related terms for “death,” as you execute your searches.


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