You would lack credibility and appear naive and uninformed if your analysis has already been convincingly put forth or refuted.
The purpose of a literature review is fourfold: Review the Assignments page to get a sense of how this assignment fits in with the other major assignments this quarter, namely, the Background Essay and the Final Research Article.
So you are not going to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or some other literary text.
A scholarly literature review is part of any final research study or report since it demonstrates that you are familiar with what other other scholars have already studied and published on your subject, and allows you then to map out what new arena or question you would like to pursue.
There is, after all, no point in reinventing the wheel, i.e., undertaking a study that someone else has already done or trying to answer a question that has already been adequately explored.
And there's also no point in reaching your own interpretive conclusions without taking into account what others have already studied and argued.
Student Sample Literature Review The Literature Review consists of an introduction, summary of scholarly sources, a discussion and evaluation of the sources (including disputes and disagreements), and a conclusion in which you put forth your own potential original research questions that will contribute something new to the available understanding on the topic.
A minimum of five scholarly sources (not the same ones you used in the Background Essay) are required for this essay.
You may discuss and evaluate the significance of various conclusions and arguments, the completeness of individual studies, the research methods used, substantial areas of disagreement, debates over definitions of terms, and/or the consistency of the results with each other.
As you present your evaluation, do so cautiously with thorough analysis and explanation.