THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Jacob's Room
by Virginia Woolf

An essay by Elizabeth A. Weston comparing the narrative strategies Virginia Woolf and John Banville employ in order to express grief and loss in Jacob's Room and The Sea respectively.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, examining the form and content of this novel with analysis of several excerpts.

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë

An academic article by Tracy Lemaster discussing the relationship between Jane's feminist attributes and her maternal instincts, with analysis of several excerpts.
A paper by Nina Pelikan Straus, a Professor of Literature at Purchase College, suggesting how neurobiological-psychoanalytic approaches to metaphor - particularly those of 'fire' and 'gaze' - elicit intense emotional reactions in the reader.
An essay by Kirstin Hanley, an Assistant Professor at SUNY Fredonia, looking at the role of female relationships in Jane's education, with particular reference to the works of Mary Wollstonecraft and analysis of several excerpts.
A chapter from Caught in the Act by Joseph Litvak, a book exploring the theatricality in the nineteenth-century English novel. This chapter looks at Brontë's novel.
An introduction by Joyce Carol Oates originally published as a preface to a 1988 edition of Brontë's novel.
An essay by Emily Allen and Dino Franco Felluga of Purdue University. It primarily looks at the relationship between Victorian Gothic and Opera, using a musical adaptation of Jane Eyre as a focal point.
A paper by Cristina Ceron investigating the role of the Byronic hero in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Ceron looks at the relationship between Jane and Rochester, and how Brontë effectively incorporates Gothic elements into an ostensibly realist narrative.
An essay by Marion Lopez-Burette, an English professor, looking at the topic of rebellion in Brontë's novel and Samuel Richardson's Pamela.
An essay by Ivonne Defant of the University of Trento exploring the theme of the imprisoned and socially-marginalized woman in Brontë's famous novel, and the German writer Eugenie Marlitt's Die zweite Frau.
A scholarly article by Vicky Simpson of the University of New Brunswick investigating the role of storytelling and autobiography in the novel, arguing that Jane implicitly "challenges social institutions by gaining the authoritative position of storyteller".
A comparative analysis of Jane Eyre and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca by Marta Miquel-Baldellou of the University of Lleida, outlining the interpretative evolution of the main characters in Brontë's novel.
An essay by Patricia Gott, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, discussing female captivity and empowerment in relation to Jane Eyre, as well as Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
An essay by Julia Miele Rodas of City University of New York exploring the notion that the protagonist of Brontë's novel is on the autistic spectrum.
In this essay Angie Pazhavila of Seattle University explores the notion of a 'female gothic subtext' in Jane Eyre and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'.

Jazz
by Toni Morrison

An essay by Tracey Sherard of Washington State University examining this novel from the perspective of the complexity and relevance of technology in its narrative.
In this essay, Astrid Recker of the University of Cologne examines the influence of white-patriarchal models on black masculinity in Morrison's novel.
An essay by Éva Gyetvai of Eötvös Lóránd University looking at Morrison's reconfiguration of language in Jazz, with analysis of several excerpts.
In this essay, Susmita Talukdar, a Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, analyzing how narrative can widen a reader's skill of evaluation.

Jerusalem
by William Blake

An academic article by R. Paul Yoder of the University of Arkansas examining Blake's conception of language in general as well as an analysis of Jerusalem. It also contrasts Blake's ideas with Locke's work on language.

The Jewel in the Crown
by Paul Scott

An essay by Victoria Tatko analyzing the role of myth and the death of the Raj in this novel and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

Joan of Arc
by Robert Southey

An academic article by Catherine Addison of the University of Zululand which adopts a contextual approach to the study of this poem, showing how Southey was influenced by characters and events of the French Revolution in the portrayal of his protagonist.

The Jolly Corner
by Henry James

An academic article by Claude Forray about the transatlantic duality, or 'other place', of this short story's protagonist and his relationship with his alter-ego.

Jonah's Gourd Vine
by Zora Neale Hurston

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.

Joseph Andrews
by Henry Fielding

This chapter from Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750 by William B. Warner explores the terms 'reading' and 'entertainment', focusing in particular on how they manifest in Fielding's novel.

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

An essay by Anna Blight discussing the representation of Chinese mothers and their American daughters in Tan's novel.

The Joys of Motherhood
by Buchi Emecheta

A paper by Teresa Derrickson of the University of Alaska Anchorage examining this novel's portrayal of the way colonialism has impinged on the lives of Ibo women.

Jude the Obscure
by Thomas Hardy

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.

The Judgement of Paris
by James Beattie

An essay by Virginia Sampson of Durham University which investigates the idea of philosophical poetry as well as featuring some close readings of Beattie's poem.

Julie, or the New Heloise
by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

An essay by Michelle Landauer of the University of Melbourne exploring the visualization of culture, outlining a reading of Rousseau's novel which focuses on the visual aspects of interpretation and the role of the imagination.

Juneteenth
by Ralph Ellison

Paper by Harry Olufunwa which explores a perceived correlation between ethnicity and geographical space in this novel and Chinua Achebe's No Longer At Ease.