THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Half a Life
by V.S. Naipaul

An extensive review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.

The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

In this essay Marta Caminero-Santangelo argues that Atwood's novel represents a postmodern feminist sensibility in its conceptualizing of resistance to a dominant order. It also highlights differences between modernism and postmodernism.
A paper by Jamie Dopp in which the prevailing critical consensus of The Handmaid's Tale, in that it is a novel working against women's oppression, is challenged by the assertion that it reproduces the tendencies of a patriarchy.

Hangover Square
by Patrick Hamilton

A paper by Simon Goulding exploring how Hamilton utilizes space and socio-political context in his narrative to portray the character of Peter and his relationship with the Fascist ideologies of the British Far-Right.

Hard Times
by Charles Dickens

An academic article by Anna Dever exploring the roles of performativity, theatrical discourse, 'stage trappings', and liminal spaces in this novel and Little Dorrit.
An essay by Casey A. Cothran of Winthrop University, exploring the ways in which Dickens's novel invites the reader to think critically, with reference to Martha C. Nussbaum and others.

Haroun and the Sea of Stories
by Salman Rushdie

A paper by Eva König of the University of Zurich that challenges previous critical readings which have asserted that this novel is an allegory of Rushdie's own sufferings under the fatwa.

Harrington
by Maria Edgeworth

A scholarly article by Inna Volkova which examines this novel's protagonist and the narrative's exploration of stereotypical representation and prejudice.
A chapter from Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in 19th-Century British Prose by Peter Melville Logan exploring the narrative implications of the title character's nervous condition.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
by J.K. Rowling

An essay by James Washick, an Associate Professor at North Greenville University, exploring the similarities between the origins of Lord Voldemort and the eponymous protagonist of Oliver Twist.

The Haunted Tree
by William Wordsworth

In this essay Tim Fulford, a Professor of English at Nottingham Trent University, presents a close reading of this poem, arguing that it should be read as an intelligent and witty contribution to contemporary political and social debate.

Heart of Darkness
by Joseph Conrad

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 Heat of the Day
by Elizabeth Bowen

An essay by Beryl Pong examining depictions of space and time in this novel and Graham Greene's The Ministry of Fear from within the context of the Blitz.

Hester
by Margaret Oliphant

An essay by Patricia E. Johnson, a Professor at Penn State Harrisburg, examining the effect business and economics has on the characters of this novel.

Hilda Lessways
by Arnold Bennett

An academic article by Sharon Crozier-De Rosa examining the role of the heroine of Bennett's second novel in his Clayhanger series and the figure of the 'New Woman'.

A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, analysing various aspects of Barnes ironic book. Topics discussed include narrative voice and structure; Levi-strauss's concept of bricolage, as well as Barnes and Barthes similar outlook to the study of history.

His Dark Materials
by Philip Pullman

A paper by Cathy McSporran of the University of Glasgow looking at contrasting representations of God in Pullman's trilogy and C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia.

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

A paper by Jonathan A. Glenn, a Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas, discussing the supposed presence of Beowulf in Tolkien's narrative, through an analysis of the novel's structure and development of plot and character.

Homage to Mistress Anne Bradstreet
by John Berryman

An essay by Simone Francescato of the University of Padua, presenting a comparitive analysis of this poem and works by Robert Hayden and J.M. Coetzee.

The Home and the World
by Rabindranath Tagore

A paper by Jyoti Panjwani exploring this novel and Aldous Huxley's Island. The focal point of the analysis is to enumerate the critical positions the authors take in regards to eastern and western ideologies and the potential for postcolonial utopias.

Hopscotch
by Julio Cortázar

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.

The Hours
by Michael Cunningham

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.

Housekeeping
by Marilynne Robinson

A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction discussing this novel and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

A House for Mr Biswas
by V.S. Naipaul

A scholarly article by Razif Bin Bahari which looks closely at the struggle of the colonized subject to achieve a sense of self and identity. With analysis of several excerpts of the novel.
An essay by Sumitra Kukreti analysing Naipaul's handling of his protagonist, the isolated Mohun Biswas, and his attempts to overcome his alienation.

The House of Seven Gables
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

An essay by Jan Helten providing an in-depth analysis of this novel's ending.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction exploring the novel from the perspective of the titular house.

The House of the Dead
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

An academic essay by Dr Robert Berry of the University of Otago providing a detailed examination of parallel ideology and experience in this Dostoevky novel and Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski

An essay by Nele Bemong of the K.U.Leuven exploring this novel's principal characters, Navidson and his wife Karen, and how Danielewski incorporates Freud's theories of 'the uncanny' into his narrative.
An article by Martin Brick looking primarily at Danielewski's innovative use of colour in the print of this novel and the effects it has on his narrative.

The House of Mirth
by Edith Wharton

A paper by Dr. Ali H. Abureesh of Umm Al-Qura University which applies a Jungian analysis to study the causes and effects of the heroine's psychological disintegration.
An essay by Lahoucine Ouzgane of the University of Alberta examining Wharton's novel through René Girard's theory of 'mimetic desire' and literary scholar and philosopher Eric Gans's writings on Generative Anthropology.

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

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.

Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain

The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston on the novel.
A paper by Wilfred Cude examining Twain's novel in relation to Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. With analysis of several excerpts.

The Human Stain
by Philip Roth

An academic article by G. Neelakantan of the Indian Institute of Technology examining Roth's construction of identity and its relationship to postmodern discourse.

Hymne
by Charles Baudelaire

In this paper Reuven Tsur considers this poem as being "on the verge of the cheap cliche and the masterpiece", a claim substantiated through a close reading.

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

An essay by Forest Pyle of the University of Oregon which analyzes this poem, as well as discussing Shelley's self-imposed exile.

Hyperion
by John Keats

An essay by Tim Feng-shan Tsai which surveys a range of readings of this poem by prominent critics as well as exploring Keats' feelings towards political revolution.

Hysteria
by T.S. Eliot

A paper by Jian-kuang Lin discussing Eliot's representation of women and femininity in 'Hysteria' and The Waste Land, with reference to Freud, Josef Breuer, and others.