THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

An essay by Raoul Eshelman exploring the nature of the disability of this novel's narrator, Christopher Boone, and how this relates to issues of aestheticism, transcendence, performatism, and postmodernism.

Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness

An essay by Tara Prince-Hughes of Pierce College which explores the nature and relationship of gender and sexuality in regards to this novel through the perspective of Native American gender traditions.
An essay by Chris Coffman, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, comparing the depiction of transgender individuals in this novel and Virginia Woolf's fantastical Orlando, with an evaluation of various readings by Jay Prosser, Judith Halberstam, and others.

Patrick Hamilton

Hangover Square

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.

Thomas Hardy

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

An essay by Deborah Hooker, an Associate Professor at NC State University, which focuses on the racing figures depicted on the protagonists' conjugal bed in order to examine how Hardy employs the motif of race to portray Tess's tragedy.
An essay by Shirley A. Martin of the University of Chicago which utilizes psychoanalysis to investigate how the subject of heredity is psychologically motivated in Hardy's novel.
An academic article by Ralph Harrington discussing the roles of paganism, fate and redemption in Hardy's novel, as well as the author's use of the prehistoric monument Stonehenge as a backdrop to the narrative's themes.
In this essay Andrew Radford explores how Hardy deftly interweaves the Greek myth of the goddesses Persephone and Demeter into the narrative of his novel.
An essay by Scott Rode, an Assistant Professor at Texas A & M University, exploring this novel's depiction of sexuality identity and its relationship to nineteenth-century innovations in technology.
An essay by Ian Mackean discussing the issue of morality in Tess of the d'Urbervilles, featuring analysis of a number of excerpts.

Jude the Obscure

An essay by Holly Davis of the University of Otago examining Hardy's conception of Romanticism, especially in regards to Darwinism and industrialization. The analysis also highlights Shelley's influence on this novel.

Far from the Madding Crowd

The introduction by Rosemarie Morgan to the Penguin World Classics 2000 edition of this novel.

The Woodlanders

A chapter from a thesis by Holly Davis of the University of Otago, exploring Hardy's relationship with Romanticism, his disillusion with the modern world, and how this influenced the narrative of this novel.

The Mayor of Casterbridge

An essay by Marlena Tassone of Lakehead University which considers this novel as an Aristotelian tragedy. Hosted at the Victorian Web.

Jaroslav Hašek

The Good Soldier Švejk

A lecture by Ian Johnston of Malaspina University-College covering many aspects of this famous Czech novel.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

The House of Seven Gables

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.

Young Goodman Brown

An essay by Scott Harshbarger, an Associate Professor at Hofstra University, which presents a comparative analysis of this short story and 'Tam O'Shanter' by Robert Burns.

Rappaccini's Daughter

An essay by Laura Stallman providing a critical overview of various interpretations of Hawthorn's short story.
An essay by Clifford J. Kurkowski examining the relationships of this novel's principal characters from a largely feminist perspective.

The Birthmark

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.

Robert Hayden

A Letter from Phillis Wheatley

An essay by Simone Francescato of the University of Padua, presenting a comparitive analysis of this novel and works by John Berryman and J.M. Coetzee.

Joseph Heller

Catch-22

A paper by Robert M. Young for a conference at the University of East London. It analyzes the novel's characters and themes from a mainly Kleinian perspective, concluding that the book is ultimately about ideals and institutions under duress.
A contemporaneous review of the novel for The New Republic by Robert Brustein.

Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms

An essay by Amy Lerman of Kishwaukee College examining the character of Catherine Barkley and various critical assessments of her.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

An essay by Ben Stoltzfus highlighting the personal rivalry between Hemingway and André Malraux, with a comparitive analysis of the latter's L'espoir.
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 Rose Macaulay's And No Man's Wit.

Frank Herbert

Dune

An essay by Lorenzo DiTommaso examining the complex relationship between the novel's plots and themes, as well as a discussion of the 'Vitality struggle'.
An essay by Kevin Williams exploring the relationship between democracy, capitalism, imperialism and globalization, and how they are represented in Herbert's Dune novels. With reference to the work of Gregory Bateson.

The White Plague

In this essay Ellen Feehan explores Herbert's literary employment of Irish history and Celtic mythology to subtly comment on contemporary ideology.

Aritha van Herk

No Fixed Address

An essay by Katherine Miller looking at female characters and social constructions of "gendered space" in this novel and The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee.

Hermann Hesse

Der Steppenwolf

An academic article by Kurt J. Fickert of Wittenberg University exploring the literary function of epiphany on this novel's narrative and James Joyce's influence on Hesse.

Chester Himes

Cotton Comes to Harlem

An essay by Christopher Gair of the University of Birmingham looking at this novel's reletionship to jazz, with analysis of several extracts.

Merle Hodge

Crick Crack, Monkey

An essay by Martin Japtok of West Virginia State College analysing this novel alongside Simi Bedford's Yoruba Girl Dancing. It looks at the bildungsroman narrative as an effective means of studying the impact of empire.

E.T.A. Hoffmann

The Sandman

An academic article by Michiel Scharpé which questions Freud's reading of this story and arrives at an interpretation closer to those of Sarah Kofman and Ernst Jentsch.

The Devil's Elixirs

An academic article by Patrick Labriola looking at the role of the double in this novel and Poe's 'William Wilson', with reference to Freud's essay "The Uncanny".

Pawel Huelle

Castorp

A paper by Dariusz Skórczewski, a Fellow at the University of Illinois-Chicago, exploring, in particular, this novel's relationship to the work of Thomas Mann.

Keri Hulme

The Bone People

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'.

Zora Neale Hurston

Their Eyes Were Watching God

A paper by Péter Gaál Szabó, an Assistant Lecturer at Ferenc Kölcsey Reformed College, exploring spatial settings and the female body in hegemonic masculine social space, in this novel and Hurston's Jonah's Gourd Vine.

Jonah's Gourd Vine

A paper by Péter Gaál Szabó, an Assistant Lecturer at Ferenc Kölcsey Reformed College, exploring spatial settings and the female body in hegemonic masculine social space, in this novel and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

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.

Island

A paper by Jyoti Panjwani exploring this novel and The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore. 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.