Literature reviews provide you with a handy guide to a particular topic.
If you have limited time to conduct research, literature reviews can give you an overview or act as a stepping stone.
The bibliography or reference section of sources you’ve already read are also excellent entry points into your own research.
There are hundreds or even thousands of articles and books on most areas of study.
And don’t forget to tap into your professor’s (or other professors’) knowledge in the field.
Ask your professor questions such as: “If you had to read only one book from the 90’s on topic X, what would it be?
It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations.
Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates.
More and more cultural studies scholars are accepting popular media as a subject worthy of academic consideration.
You’ve got a focus, and you’ve stated it clearly and directly.