THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

A thesis by Clifford J. Kurkowski in which he classifies this book as an African-American Female Bildungsroman.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud
by William Wordsworth

An essay by Robert J. Walz of Lock Haven University analyzing this poem through a psychological exploration of Wordsworth's ego and relationship with nature.

The Idiot
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

An academic article by Thomas Epstein exploring the role of memory through an examination of the characters General Ivolgin and Prince Myshkin.

The Imperialist
by Sara Jeannette Duncan

An extensive analysis of the novel by Peter Allen.

In a Free State
by V.S. Naipaul

An academic article by Derek Wright of Northern Territory University examining the various ontological modes Naipaul employs and their relationship to the structural forms of his Booker Prize winning novel.

In the Midst of Life
by Ambrose Bierce

An essay by Peter Kratzke exploring the relationship between society, justice and the law in this anthology's civil war stories, and Bierce's own attitudes to war.

In the Penal Colony
by Franz Kafka

An essay by Jakob Lothe of the University of Oslo looking at narrative and ethics in Kafka's novel, as well as works by Joseph Conrad and W.G. Sebald.

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Harriet Jacobs

An essay by Tatum Petrich of Temple University exploring the white males in the narrative and showing how Jacob's appeals to her reader's sympathies.
An essay by Katja Kanzler of the University of Leipzig looking at architectural figurations of race and gender in this novel and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig.

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
by Angela Carter

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.

The Information
by Martin Amis

An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Amis employs in The Information and Money to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narratives and roguish protagonists; McCulloch also discusses works by Richard Russo, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Steve Tesich.

The Inheritors
by William Golding

An article by Peter S. Alterman considering the literary role of aliens in this novel and whether its narrative could be regarded as science fiction.

Insel
by Mina Loy

A chapter from Late Modernism: Politics, Fiction, and the Arts between the World Wars by Tyrus Miller who asserts that Loy's novel should be viewed as belonging to the literary genre of the "artist-novel" or "Kunstler(in)roman".

The Invention of Solitude
by Paul Auster

An extensive article by Stephen Fredman featuring several close readings.

Invitation to a Beheading
by Vladimir Nabokov

An essay by Timothy Langen of the University of Missouri exploring possible ways of interpretating this novel, with reference to "Russell's paradox".

The Iron Heel
by Jack London

A paper by Nadia Khouri exploring ideological confrontation in this novel.
A paper by Alessandro Portelli discussing various aspects of London's novel.

The Island
by Aldous Huxley

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.

The Italian
by Ann Radcliffe

An essay by Dale Townshend of the University of Stirling on the functions of visual and auditory effects in Gothic and Romantic aesthetics. Townshend discusses this novel, Matthew Lewis's The Monk, and the Romantics' criticism of Gothic romance.

Ivanhoe
by Sir Walter Scott

An essay by Peter Schmidt of Swarthmore College examining the influence of Scott's literature in America, postcolonial theory, and how this manifests in Ivanhoe.