THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Elizabeth Bishop Literary Criticism

The Gentleman of Shalott

An essay by Kim Howey of University College London analysing this poem and John Ashbery's 'Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror'. Amongst other things it discusses Bishop's usage of imagery and features several close readings.

Pink Dog

In this essay, Catherine Cucinella of California State University looks at the role of the grotesque in Bishop's poem, and its relationship to gender and sexuality. With reference to Bakhtin, Lacan, Kristeva and others.

First Death in Nova Scotia

An essay by Martha Marinara, an Assistant Professor at Armstrong State College, looking primarily at the roles of imagery and gaze in this poem, with reference to the work of Lacan, Foucault, and others.

The Prodigal

In this essay, Frank J. Kearful of the University of Bonn, discusses the function of parody in this poem through a close reading.