|Title||Do We Need New Method Names? Descriptions of Method in Scholarship on Canadian Literature|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Journal||ESC: English Studies in Canada|
|Pagination||91 - 110|
Literary studies are often seen as a discipline without method. Research articles in literature do not have method sections, nor do they list what type of evidence has been included in a particular project or by what procedures primary material was analyzed. Because of implicitness of questions of method and research design, writing in literary studies is difficult to teach and often relies on students’ abilities to infer their own strategies for reading and writing. I analyze a textual corpus of recent research articles from Canadian Literature and Studies in Canadian Literature in order to clarify typical discursive patterns that are used when discussing methods of literary scholarship. On the basis of these findings, we can ask: How can teaching in literary studies be adjusted in order to demystify the methodological practices of the discipline?