THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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The Ballad of East and West
by Rudyard Kipling

An essay by J. K. Buda, a professor at Waseda University, which explores this early Kipling work in great depth with analysis of many excerpts and evaluation of various critical appraisals over the years.

Barchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope

An essay by Suzanne Rintoul of Kwantlen Polytechnic University which scrutinizes Trollope's representation of disability by looking at the character of Madeline Neroni and the implications her portrayal has on the narrative.

The Bark Tree
by Raymond Queneau

A study by D. Brian Mann of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln assessing this novel from the perspective of the relationship between architecture and literary structure.

Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens

An article by Peter Ackroyd, a biographer of Dickens, mainly discussing how events in the author's life influenced the characters and narrative of this novel.

Barren Metal
by Naomi Jacob

A paper by Claire M. Tylee assessing various critical responses to this novel. It argues that a consideration of "the significant openness" of Jacob's test is essential to an understanding of 1930s British culture.

The Beach
by Alex Garland

An essay by Roger Bowen, a professor at the University of Arizona, examining the influence of the work of Joseph Conrad on Garland's narrative.

Beautiful Losers
by Leonard Cohen

An essay by Norman Ravvin arguing that Cohen's novel can be read "as an examination of the role of the Holocaust in contemporary culture".
Essay by Nicole Markotic looking at "the binary opposition of the physical body and its mechanical expression" in Beautiful Losers.

Behind the Veil
by James De Mille

An essay by Patricia Monk assessing this poem with several close readings.

Belinda
by Maria Edgeworth

An essay by Patricia A. Matthew, an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, which assesses Edgeworth's evasion of nineteenth-century narrative conventions in her depiction of Lady Delacour's illness.
An academic article by Heike Hartung examining the character of Lady Delacour and Edgeworth's depiction of breast cancer, and also how this disease is addressed in a letter of Frances Burney and an essay by Susan Sontag.

Beloved
by Toni Morrison

An essay by Satya P. Mohanty, a Professor at Cornell University, which explores Morrison's novel through analyzing relations between experience and identity, as well as challenging essentialist and postmodernist methods.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction discussing this novel and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.
An essay by Marie Nigro of Lincoln University discussing the revision of history in Morrison's novel and Tracks by Louise Erdrich.

Bel Canto
by Ann Patchett

An essay by Vera Alexander of Aarhus University exploring the role of music in this novel and its relationship to literature, linking escapist aesthetics to theories of alterity and representation.

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath

A paper by Venla Oikkonen of the University of Helsinki addressing representations of female madness in this novel and Janet Frame's Faces in the Water.
An essay by Jeffrey Howlett analyzing the novel with reference to Foucault and the concept of "counter-memory".

Beyond Even Faithful Legends
by bill bissett

An essay by Don Precosky on this collection of poems, featuring much analysis.

Beyond the Bayou
By Kate Chopin

An essay by Manuel Jobert exploring paralinguistic vocal features in Chopin's story.

The Birthmark
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A paper by Shona Tritt of University College, London, and Michael Tritt of Marianopolis College which draws on the ideas of cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker when exploring this story.

The Black Album
by Hanif Kureishi

An academic article by Maria Degabriele examining Kureishi's treatment of sexual and political identities through an analysis of Shahid, the protagonist of this novel.

Black Venus
by Angela Carter

An essay about the stories by Susanne Schmid, focusing on their intertextual aspects, in particular the work of Charles Baudelaire and his relationship with his mistress Jeanne Duval.

Bleak House
by Charles Dickens

A paper by Jade Werner of Northwestern University, looking at the similarities between the characters of Mrs. Jellyby and Harold Skimpole, particularly from a perspective of competing cosmopolitanisms.
An essay by Shirley Galloway exploring some of the characters and themes, focusing in particular on Dickens's use of parallel narratives.

The Bloody Chamber
by Angela Carter

An essay by Samantha Pentony of Oxford Brookes University exploring how Kristeva's theory of abjection works in relation to the fairy tale and post colonial narrative in Carter's short story and Keri Hulme's novel The Bone People.
A linguistic analysis by Lizzie Knowles of 'The Bloody Chamber' and Frankenstein, with reference to the work of feminist Diane Elam and linguist Michael Halliday.
An article by Helen Simpson investigating how Carter takes the latent content of traditional fairy tales, and reworks it in her stories to shocking effect.

Bluebeard's Egg
by Margaret Atwood

An essay by Carol Merli which explores the relationship between body and text through Atwood's use of post-modern strategies.

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

An essay by Samy Azouz, an adjunct professor at the University of Le Havre, discussing ideology, prejudice, and the multi-faceted role of the cinema in this novel.
An essay by Alisa A. Balestra of Youngstown State University looking at Morrison's depiction of intraracial oppression in her first novel.

The Body
by Stephen King

A paper by Korinna Csetényi, a Lecturer at the University of Szeged, exploring the narrative of King's novella.

The Body Artist
by Don DeLillo

An essay by Jon Roberts, a Professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College, which analyzes several excerpts from this novel.
An essay by Nicholas Royle, a Professor at the University of Sussex, providing a close reading of a passage from this novel, with reference to the work of Jacques Derrida.

The Bone People
by Keri Hulme

In this essay Inge Sorensen of Oxford Brookes University examines the subject of 'abjection' in this novel and Jane Gardam's The Queen of The Tambourine.
An essay by Samantha Pentony of Oxford Brookes University exploring how Kristeva's theory of abjection works in relation to the fairy tale and postcolonial narrative in this novel and Angela's Carter's 'The Bloody Chamber'.

The Book of Urizen
by William Blake

An essay by Kelly Kelleway applying 'information theory' to a reading of Blake's epic poem, as well as assessing various conceptions of 'chaos'.
A paper by Matthew Green of The University of Nottingham presenting a reading of this work in relation to developments in cognitive science and theories of identity, particularly those relating to Dissociative Identity Disorder.
An essay by Thomas Pfau, an Associate Professor at Duke University, discussing thematic similarities between Blake's book, William Godwin's Caleb Williams, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.

The Bostonians
by Henry James

An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College which utilizes theories of René Girard and Eric L. Gans to argue that there is "a conscious and conclusive working-out of James' novelistic meditation on the linkage between desire, resentment, and sacrifice" in The Bostonians.

Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

A thesis by Michael Richard Lopez exploring, through a comparitive analysis, the literary Utopias of this novel and Stanislaw Lem's Return From the Stars.
An academic article by David Leon Higdon of Texas Tech University assessing the role of Lenina in the novel, particularly in relation to the male protagonists, and also considering accusations of misogyny.

Breakfast at Tiffany's
by Truman Capote

An essay by Dina Smith exploring parallels between Capote's narrative and the Cinderella story.

The Brigs of Ayr
by Robert Burns

In this essay Jeremy J. Smith provides an in-depth discussion of rhyme.

Brokeback Mountain
by Annie Proulx

An essay by David Willbern which draws on object-relations psychoanalysis to argue that experiences from infanthood can be considered as sources for imaginative production.
In this essay Christian Lassen of the University of Tübingen explores Proulx's representation of western masculinity in the narrative of this short story.

The Brooklyn Follies
By Paul Auster

A paper by Catherine Pesso-Miquel, a professor at the University of Lyon, examining narrative voice in Auster's novel.

The Brothers Karamazov
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

An essay by Joyce Carol Oates analysing various aspects of the novel, such as pyschology, ideas and structure. With discussion of several excerpts.
An essay by Matthew M. Wylie of Stephen F. Austin State University examining Dostoevsky's sociological and psychological representations of crime. Wylie employs Carlo Ginzburg's ideas on space and time, and their relationship with guilt and pity.
In this essay Nicholas Rourke Miller, of University of North Carolina, asserts that "the struggle between reason and faith, and its bearing on the moral psychology of the four brothers are at the heart of Dostoevsky's greatest novel".

The Buddha of Suburbia
by Hanif Kureishi

An essay by Nathanael O'Reilly, an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas, discussing the protagonist of this novel and Kureshi's engagement with the stereotypes of suburban life.

Burger's Daughter
by Nadine Gordimer

An essay by Susan Barrett of the University of Bordeaux looking at the role of intertextuality in this novel, particularly as a means to undermine censorship.