THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Kankal
by Rabindranath Tagore

An essay by Sumangala Bhattacharya, an Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, analyzing Tagore's use of the Gothic in this short story and 'Nishite' to explore gender relations in colonial Bengal.

Karain
by Joseph Conrad

An essay by Michele Drouart, a lecturer in English and Comparative Literature at Murdoch University, exploring the role of colonialism in this early Conrad short story.

Karoo
by Steve Tesich

An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Tesich employs in this novel to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narrative and protagonist; McCulloch also discusses works by Martin Amis, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Richard Russo.

Kirsteen
by Margaret Oliphant

A paper by Kabi Hartman examining the portrayal of this novel's eponymous protagonist, with particular reference to the role of dressmaking in the narrative.

Kiss of the Spider Woman
by Manuel Puig

A study by Steffany Drozdo of the University of Kentucky asserting that Puig destroys the "binary ideological structure" proposed by several other critics as evaluations of this novel's central protagonists.

The Kitchen God's Wife
by Amy Tan

A paper by Ana-Maria Petecila of the University of Bucharest examining how liminality is transformed into the centre and alterity into acceptance, by means of acculturation and deconstruction, in this novel and The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston.

Kubla Khan
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An essay by William L. Benzon applying recent intellectual developments in cognitive linguistics and other disciplines to an in-depth study of Coleridge's poem.
A paper by Reuven Tsur which evaluates various critical interpretations of the poem, distinguishes between symbol and allegory, 'Negative Capability' and the 'Quest for Certitude', and the nature of "ecstatic states". Tsur also addresses the work of Maud Bodkin, John Beer and others.
In this paper Reuven Tsur presents a close reading with analysis of several excerpts in an exploration of the texture and structure of Kubla Khan.