There is an early chapter in a dissertation, or section in an essay or project, which is engaged with literature in the field and gives you a sense of theoretical perspectives. It is using the literature to establish context and argument, the perspectives of major theorists whose work informs yours — putting all of this into a dialogue with your work. It is important to remember that a literature review is a dynamic piece of work, not just a dead list of the books you have read, but an engagement with their ideas and arguments in relation to your research questions, problems or hypotheses.
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