THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Franz Kafka

The Trail

An essay by the literary critic J. Hillis Miller who considers this novel to be "a truly strange work". Its primary focus is a discussion on speech acts and narrative theory. Comparisons are made with Dickens's Bleak House.

The Metamorphosis

A paper by Robert Silhol of the Institut d'Anglais Charles V which engages in a textual analysis of the language used in the short story as well as assessing the strategies of psychoanalytic literary criticism.

The Castle

In this essay, Peter Goldman of Westminster College draws on the work of René Girard and others to explore Kafka's conception of internal mediation and transcendence in this novel.

In the Penal Colony

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.

John Keats

Ode to Psyche

An academic article by Kris Steyaert discussing this poem, in part challenging previously held notions of Keats's work being effeminate by emphasizing the masculine undercurrents of his poetry.

Ode on a Grecian Urn

A paper by Kellie Martin of Pepperdine University specifically focusing on an understanding of this poem's final two lines with reference to Plato's theories.

Hyperion

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.

Lamia

An academic article by Chiung-Ying Huang looking at the influence of Keats's poem on Pre-Raphaelite associate artist J.W. Waterhouse's painting of the same subject.

Endymion

A paper by Christian La Cassagnere looking at Keat's use of melancholy, as well as challenging prevailing critical assessments of this poem; with reference to Freudian theories on the death-drive and analysis of several excerpts.

James Kennaway

Some Gorgeous Accident

An essay by Karla Benske of University of Glasgow examining the characters and structure of this novel, with analysis of several excerpts.

A.L. Kennedy

Night Geometry & the Garscadden Trains

An essay by Tudor Balinisteanu of the University of Glasgow exploring the short stories in this collection.

Ken Kesey

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

An essay by Clifford J. Kurkowski which takes a feminist approach to this novel. It looks primarily at the character of Nurse Ratched. With several close readings.

Jamaica Kincaid

The Autobiography of My Mother

An essay by Alexandra Schultheis of George Washington University which explores various aspects of this work, particularly Kincaid's use of metaphor, as well as female subjectivity, and the relationship between psychoanalysis and postcolonialism.
An essay by Michelene Adams, a lecturer at The College of the Bahamas, discussing how the relationship between black women writers and their mothers manifests in this novel.
A paper by Terri Smith Ruckel of Louisiana State University which utilizes insights by Jacques Derrida and Mary Louise Pratt to explore Kincaid's revising of imperialist methods of ethnography and adoption of a pluralistic sensitivity in this text.

Stephen King

Pet Sematary

An essay by Kevin Corstorphine exploring the themes of territory and space in the novel; discussing how these can be imbued with political significance.

The Body

A paper by Korinna Csetényi, a Lecturer at the University of Szeged, exploring the narrative of King's novella.

Maxine Hong Kingston

The Woman Warrior

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 Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.
An essay by Shu-ching Chen exploring the pressures authors experience to reflect the identity of their ethnic community, taking Kingston's novel as a case study.

Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad of East and West

An essay by J. K. Buda, a professor at Waseda University, which explores this early Kipling work in great depth with analysis of many excerpts and evaluation of various critical appraisals over the years.

Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

An essay by Jeremy Wattles examining several characters and scenes as well as evaluating the role of Nietzsche's theories in the novel.

Hanif Kureishi

The Buddha of Suburbia

An essay by Nathanael O'Reilly, an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas, discussing the protagonist of this novel and Kureshi's engagement with the stereotypes of suburban life.

The Black Album

An academic article by Maria Degabriele examining Kureishi's treatment of sexual and political identities through an analysis of Shahid, the protagonist of this novel.