THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Absalom, Absalom!
by William Faulkner

A chapter from Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction by Marilyn R. Chandler, analysing the subject of 'houses' in this novel.
Essay by Monica Signoretti discussing Shreve's relationship to Quentin.
An article by Robert Phillips, editor of the Mississippi Quarterly, examining novelist and historian Shelby Foote's contemporaneous review of the novel.

The Actual
by Saul Bellow

A review of this novella by James Wood for The New Republic.

Ada
by Vladimir Nabokov

An academic article by Roy Arthur Swanson analysing this novel within the context of science fiction and assessing Nabokov's views on this genre.

Adam Bede
by George Eliot

An essay by Matthew Beaumont, University College London, challenging criticism of Adam Bede and Middlemarch where the works are considered to be traditional realist, the essay looks at two particular scenes from the novels.
An essay by Julianne White exploring the subjects of community, stereotype and insanity in this novel and Dickens's Great Expectatons.

Affinity
by Sarah Waters

Academic article by Rachel Carroll, a lecturer at the University of Teesside, analyzing the relationship between same sex desire and the fantastical in Waters's narrative.

Against the Day
by Thomas Pynchon

An essay by Bernard Duyfhuizen exploring various aspects of this text, with analysis of several extracts and comparisons with other Pynchon novels.

The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

A chapter from Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction by Marilyn R. Chandler which discusses the relationship between Wharton's scathing depictions of class structures and rituals, and overelaborated late-Victorian architecture.

Aisha
by Ahdaf Soueif

An essay by Hechmi Trabelsi of the Université de Tunis analzying the concept of 'transculturation' using the stories in Soueif's collection as a case study.

Alastor
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

An essay by Linda Brigham of Kansas State University analyzing various aspects of this poem, with reference to the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and others.

Alexandria Quartet
by Lawrence Durrell

James Gifford's paper on the four novels considers them within the light of further developments in the field of postcolonial discourse, such as Edward Said's Orientalism, as well as Nietzsche's world view.

Alias Grace
by Margaret Atwood

An essay by Jennifer Murray examining Atwood's depiction of a historic double murder and the implications this novel's multiplicity of narrative perspectives has on historiographic de-construction and re-construction.

The Alice Books
by Lewis Carroll

An academic essay by Laura Hidalgo Downing of the University of Madrid which approaches Carroll's books from a linguistic perspective. The essay discusses the concepts of reference, deixis and delimitations in regards to both Alice books.
An article by A.S. Byatt about the use of language in the Alice books.
An article by David Wheldon about both books with some close readings.
In this article Laura Green considers the fascination of Carroll's protagonist.

Always Coming Home
by Ursula K. Le Guin

A chapter from the digital book Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin by Richard D. Erlich covering a vast range of subjects in relation to this work.

American Psycho
by Bret Easton Ellis

An in-depth review by Andrew Miles Jacobsen which challenges several contemporaneous assessments of this notorious novel.
An extensive critical reassessment of the novel by Donna Lee Brien.
A contemporaneous review of the novel from Tech Online.

Amsterdam
by Ian McEwan

An essay by Dana Chetrinescu analzying the concept of space in the novel and how this relates to several of the main characters, with reference to several extracts.

The Anatomy of Angels
by Alden Nowlan

An essay by Elizabeth Bieman with analysis of several excerpts from this poem.

And No Man's Wit
by Rose Macaulay

An essay by D.A. Boxwell, an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, examining depictions of the Spanish Civil War and addressing issues of canonicity in this novel and Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Angels and Insects
by A.S. Byatt

An essay by June Sturrock exploring various aspects of this novel.

Anil's Ghost
by Michael Ondaatje

A study by Geetha Ganapathy-Doré of the Université de Paris 13 providing an extensive analysis of many aspects of this novel.

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

An article by Howard M. Unger about Orwell and Marx, claiming that Animal Farm represents Orwell's criticism of Marxism, and an explication of his own social theory.

Another Country
by James Baldwin

An essay by Amy Reddinger, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, examining Baldwin's representation of public and domestic space, focusing on the character Rufus Scott, and referencing theories of Michel de Certeau.

Ariel
by Sylvia Plath

An essay by Paul Mitchell of Leeds Metropolitan University analyzing various aspects of persona in relation to Plath's poem.

Arthur and George
by Julian Barnes

An essay by Soo Kim which utilizes the theories of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas to discuss this novel's relationship to both postmodern narrative and detective fiction.

The Aspern Papers
by Henry James

A paper by Aristie Trendel, an assistant professor of English at Montpellier I University, exploring themes and relationships and their connections with art and literary traditions in James's novella.
An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College, discussing how James explores issues relating to religion, social revolution and art, focusing in particular on the anonymous narrators of this novel and James's The Sacred Fount, as well as Hyacinth Robinson from the same author's The Princess Casamassima.

As For Me and My House
by Sinclair Ross

An essay by Paul Denham examining narrative technique, focusing in particular on this texts' relationship and influence on other Canadian novels.

As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner

An in-depth analysis of the novel by Michael Zeitlin with several close readings.

Atonement
by Ian McEwan

An essay by Brian Finney, a Professor at California State University, providing an extensive analysis of the characters, themes and structure of this novel, as well as discussing its literary influences and considering various critical assessments.
In this review James Wood discusses various sections of the novel, with analysis of several excerpts. He considers Atonement to be troubled by fiction's artificiality.

The Atrocity Exhibition
by J.G. Ballard

An article by Nick Perry and Roy Wilkie of the University of Strathclyde examining in part the structure of Ballard's book and some of the reasons for his decisions regarding narrative.

Austerlitz
by W.G. Sebald

An essay by Jakob Lothe of the University of Oslo looking at narrative and ethics in Sebald's novel, as well as works by Franz Kafka and Joseph Conrad.

The Autobiography of My Mother
by Jamaica Kincaid

An essay by Alexandra Schultheis of George Washington University which explores various aspects of this work, particularly Kincaid's use of metaphor, as well as female subjectivity, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and postcolonialism.
An essay by Michelene Adams, a lecturer at The College of the Bahamas, discussing how the relationship between black women writers and their mothers manifests in this novel.
A paper by Terri Smith Ruckel of Louisiana State University which utilizes insights by Jacques Derrida and Mary Louise Pratt to explore Kincaid's revising of imperialist methods of ethnography and adoption of a pluralistic sensitivity in this text.

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

An essay by Marion Muirhead examining the protagonist of this novel, Edna Pontellier, and the role of language in the narrative, with reference to Michael Toolan's conversational turbulence model, and Norman Fairclough's Language and Power.
In this essay Sarah Klein explores how Chopin's novel, originally published in 1899, anticipates the modernist traits of much early twentieth-century work.
An essay on the novel with reference to Buddhist ideology.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction exploring this work and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".