THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Erskine Caldwell

God's Little Acre

A paper by Chris Vials examining Caldwell's novel and the socio-historic contexts from which it emerged. It features several comparisons with Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind as well as much debate surrounding the realist novel in the 1930s.

Marion May Campbell

Not Being Miriam

A paper by Valerie Spence on the representations of subjectivity in this novel, with an investigation of the theories of British philosopher Peter Dews, and reference to the work of Lacan, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty and others.

Albert Camus

The Plague

Academic Dean and Professor of Sociology at University of Western Ontario Joseph W. Lella provides some reflections on Camus's novel in relation to AIDS.

Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

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

Bliss Carman

The Sappho Poems

An essay by C. Nelson-McDermott of the poems with some close reading.

Lewis Carroll

The Alice books

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.

Angela Carter

Nights at the Circus

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, exploring various themes - such as the nature of fictional narrative - in Carter's penultimate novel.
A paper by Wendy O'Brien, a lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University, analyzing various aspects of this novel, in particular the protagonists relationship in regards to Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque rebirth.
An essay by Mine Özyurt Kılıç of Bilkent University discussing the role of the fin de siècle 'New Woman' in Nights at the Circus, with reference to Plato's Phaedrus.
'The Ravished Reader': A very big critical analysis by Marita Kristiansen of the University of Bergen, spread over several chapters.

The Bloody Chamber

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.

The Passion of New Eve

An essay by Anna Kérchy, a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, examining gender issues and the grotesque in Carter's novel; the essay also surveys various critical evaluations.
An academic article by Nicoletta Vallorani discussing the representation of utopian cities in feminist science fiction and Carter's novel.

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

In this paper Helen Butcher of the University of Chichester focuses on the principal characters and how their relationships influence the dynamics of identity-forming encounters, as well as the narrative's engagement with Hegel's philosophical ideas.

Black Venus

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.

Michael Chabon

Wonder Boys

An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Chabon employs in this novel to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narrative and protagonist; McCulloch also discusses works by Martin Amis, Richard Russo, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Steve Tesich.

Erskine Childers

The Riddle of the Sands

A paper by Matthew Graves of the University of Provence which applies a spatial approach to the study of this novel, focusing on the role of maps in its narrative.

Kate Chopin

The Awakening

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".

Lilacs

An essay by Jacqueline Olson Padgett of Trinity College Washington looking at similarities between the Story of the Annunciation and Chopin's text.

Beyond the Bayou

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

Sandra Cisneros

Caramelo

An essay by Heather Alumbaugh, an Assistant Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, exploring narrative voice, its relationship to the subject of migration, and the figure of the "narrative coyote" in this novel.

The House on Mango Street

A paper by Nancy Zuercher, an Associate Professor of English at the University of South Dakota, exploring the textual role of community in this novel.

Woman Hollering Creek

In this essay Alexandra Fitts of the University of Alaska looks at feminine archetypes in this short story collection.

John Clare

The Village Minstrel

An article by Bridget Keegan of Creighton University. It focuses on several aspects of both the poem and Clare's circumstances at the time of its composition, such as his relationship with popular culture and desire for literary acceptance.

Arthur C. Clarke

Childhood's End

An academic article by David N. Samuelson providing a close examination of several of the technological ideas and themes which dominate Clarke's novel.
An article by John Huntington exploring the theme of unity in Childhood's End with reference to Clarke's notions of progress: technological and evolutionary.

J.M. Coetzee

Life & Times of Michael K

An academic article by Arnd Bohm of Carleton University discussing this novel's eponymous protagonist and the effects of censorship and apartheid.

Foe

An essay by Laura Tansley of the University of Glasgow discussing the predicament of this novel's central characters and the influence of Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe and Roxana
An essay by Simone Francescato of the University of Padua, presenting a comparitive analysis of this novel and works by Robert Hayden and John Berryman.

Disgrace

An in-depth review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.

Leonard Cohen

Beautiful Losers

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.

Flowers for Hitler

An essay by Clint Burnham examining the postmodern qualities of this poetry collection; includes a definition of postmodernisn as Burnham's views it.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

In this essay L. Michelle Baker of The Catholic University of America provides an analysis of both The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Byron's Don Juan.
A scholarly article by Margaret Sonmez of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey investigating Coleridge's application of 'archaisms', literary devices that imbue a work with impressions of the distant past.

Christabel

An essay by Debra Channick of University of California arguing that in this poem Coleridge provides a coherent exploration of repetition in several forms.
In this essay Anne C. McCarthy assesses the dialogue between knowledge and stupidity in this poem, as well as Coleridge's conception of the sublime.

The Garden of Boccaccio

An academic article by Derek Furr, an Assistant Professor of English in the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Program, analyzing this poem and Wordsworth's 'The Triad', especially in relation to their first publication in Charles Heath's Keepsake.

The Lyrical Ballads

An academic article by Joel Pace of the University of Wisconsin on the impact of this collection on American literary and social reforms. Pace mainly focuses on Wordsworth although there is some discussion of Coleridge's poems.

Kubla Khan

An essay by William L. Benzon applying recent intellectual developments in cognitive linguistics and other disciplines to an in-depth study of Coleridge's poem.
A paper by Reuven Tsur which evaluates various critical interpretations of the poem, distinguishes between symbol and allegory, 'Negative Capability' and the 'Quest for Certitude', and the nature of "ecstatic states". Tsur also addresses the work of Maud Bodkin, John Beer and others.
In this paper Reuven Tsur presents a close reading with analysis of several excerpts in an exploration of the texture and structure of Kubla Khan.

Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White

An essay by S. Brooke Cameron, an Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University, Ontario, exploring the influence of 18th century amatory fiction, such as the novels of Eliza Haywood, on Collins's gender depictions, particularly Marian Halcombe, the heroine of his novel.
In this essay, Philipp Erchinger of the University of Exeter, examines Collins's narrative technique of employing several first person narrators.

The Moonstone

An academic article by Sharleen Mondal of the University of Washington discussing the roles of several characters, particularly Ezra Jennings, Franklin Blake and Rachel Verinder, as well as issues of gender, sexuality and imperialism.

The Yellow Mask

A paper by Audrey Murfin of Binghamton University examining the influence of the folk tales known in England as The Arabian Nights' Entertainments on the structure of this short story and Elizabeth Gaskell's My Lady Ludlow.

Man and Wife

A scholarly article by Stephanie King of Concordia University investigating how Collins characterizes the roles of the fallen man and woman in his narrative.

The Two Destinies

In this essay Ryan Barnett of the University of Central England explores gender and apocalypse in this novel and George Eliot's The Lifted Veil.

The Law and the Lady

An essay by Catherine Siemann, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, discussing the character of Valeria Macallan, the protagonist of Collins's novel.

Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness

An essay by Carole Stone and Fawzia Afzal-Khan examining issues of gender and race in Conrad's famous text, with reference to the work of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Edward Said and others, as well as an exploration of the novella's structure.
An essay by Jakob Lothe of the University of Oslo looking at narrative and ethics in Conrad's novel and works by Franz Kafka and W.G. Sebald.
An essay by Gareth Rowlands on the plot and themes in Conrad's novel.
An academic essay by Dr Robert Berry of the University of Otago providing a detailed examination of parallel ideology And experience in Conrad's novel and Dostoevsky's Notes From The House Of The Dead.
An essay by Shirley Galloway examining empire, ideology and transformation in this novel and E.M. Forster's A Passage to India.
An academic article by Mark A. Wollaeger of Washington University discussing the influence of Heart of Darkness on later modernist texts.

The Secret Agent

An essay by David Mulry of Odessa College which examines the social and political climate that informed events in this novel, most notably the Greenwich Bombing of 1894.
An essay by Chang Chih-chen focusing on the revolutionist vision of Conrad's depiction of London at the end of the nineteenth-century.
In this essay Brandon Colas considers this novel as a critique of late Victorian gender roles.

Typhoon

An essay by Nels C. Pearson, an assistant professor at Tennessee State University, assessing various interpretations of this novel.
A paper by Debra Romanick Baldwin, an associate professor at the University of Dallas, discussing the role of comedy in Typhoon and Primo Levi's The Monkey's Wrench. With analysis of several excerpts from both texts.

Lord Jim

An academic article by Randall Stevenson of the University of Edinburgh discussing issues of chance and control through an examination of the protagonist's actions and several scenes.

The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'

An essay by Stephen Ross, an associate professor at the University of Victoria, looking at the role of fetishization in this novella and Conrad's engagement with ancien régime values.

Victory

An academic article by Ian Robinson discussing this novel and various critical responses to it from, among others, F.R. Leavis, E.M. Forster, and Dwight H. Purdy.

The End of the Tether

A scholarly article by Holger Nüstedt on the role of initiation in Conrad's short story.

Karain

An essay by Michele Drouart, a lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University, exploring the role of colonialism in this early Conrad short story.

James Fenimore Cooper

Last of the Mohicans

A paper by Michael Davey of John Carroll University which draws on rhetorical theories of narrative and literary history to illustrate how Cooper determines the nature of his characters and their functions within his novel.

The Pioneers

An essay by Jen Camden of the University of Indianapolis looking at the roles of primary and secondary heroines in this novel, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance. Camden focuses in particular on how these women represent competing ideals of national identity and femininity.
A paper by George G. Dekker of Stanford University about the relationship between the rise of tourism and the Romantic novel in this text and Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering.

The Pilot

An essay by James Crane of Loyola University comparing the portrayal of friendship and relationships in this novel and Walter Scott's The Pirate.

Julio Cortázar

Hopscotch

An academic article by Michael Hardin of the University of Houston exploring the unusual narrative of Hopscotch and possible ways it could be read and interpreteted.

Helena Parente Cunha

Woman Between Mirrors

An academic article by Michael Hardin of Bloomsburg University exploring how this novel, as well as Sylvia Molloy's Certificate of Absence and Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body, challenges binary constructions.

Michael Cunningham

The Hours

In this essay, Ulrike E. Tancke of the University of Trier and Anja Müller-Wood of the University of Mainz, critically assess gender depictions in Cunningham's novel.