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The Ladies Paradise
by Émile Zola

An article by Beth Schelle which attempts, through an interpretation of this novel, to show how female desire is shaped to please men.

Lady Audley's Secret
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

An academic article by Tara Puri looking closely at Braddon's rendering of Lady Audley's hair, and more broadly the descriptions of external details and their relationship to psychological insight.

Lady Chatterley's Lover
by D.H. Lawrence

A paper by Ollie Taylor of Durham University exploring this novel and The White Peacock. Topics discussed are perception, communication and body language; with analysis of several extracts.
An article from the Guardian newspaper by Doris Lessing who argues that this novel is "one of the most powerful anti-war novels ever written".

The Lady of Shalott
by Alfred Tennyson

An essay by William R. McKelvy of Washington University relating Tennyson's poem to developments in Britain's industrial revolution. McKelvy also considers the poem's well-documented illustrations.
In this essay Erin Johnson examines the titular character of Tennyson's poem and Lily Briscoe from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

Lady Susan
by Jane Austen

An essay by Susan Anthony exploring this story from Austen's juvenalia.

The Lair of the White Worm
by Bram Stoker

An essay by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University examining the literary manifestions of scientific ideologies, including physiognomy, criminology, and sexology, in The Lair of the White Worm and Dracula. The essay references work by Havelock Ellis, Cesare Lombroso, W. B. Carpenter, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.

by Boleslaw Prus

A paper by Inna Caron which challenges and evaluates various critical interpretations of this novel, as well as exploring the notion of 'hero', and Prus's influences.

by John Keats

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.

The Last Man
by Mary Shelley

An essay by Richard S. Albright which assesses a number of readings before proposing that "the novel is permeated by narrative rhythms that work to complicate constantly the reader's perception of time". Includes analysis of several excerpts.
An academic article by Betty T. Bennett arguing that it is the Romanticism of The Last Man "that engenders significance both to the title of the work".
An essay by Daniel Schierenbeck of the University of Central Missouri exploring the relationships between religion, civilization, and imperialism in regards to this novel.
An academic article by Morton D. Paley discussing many aspects of The Last Man, including the context of its development and reactions of contemporary reviewers.

Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper

A paper by Michael Davey of John Carroll University which draws on rhetorical theories of narrative and literary history to illustrate how Cooper determines the nature of his characters and their functions within his novel.

The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
by John Barth

An essay by Yusur Al-Madani of the University of Kuwait which explores the deconstruction of plot and the effects of a multiplicity of narrative voices within Barth's novel.

The Late Breakfasters
by Robert Aickman

An essay by Gary William Crawford discussing religion, the supernatural, gender, and the nature of reality, in this novel and Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas.

The Lathe of Heaven
by Ursula K. Le Guin

A paper by Ian Watson which attempts to locate this novel within the context of Le Guin as a writer, and also highlight similarities with the work of Philip K. Dick.

The Law and the Lady
By Wilkie Collins

An essay by Catherine Siemann, an Adjunct Assistant Professor, discussing the character of Valeria Macallan, the protagonist of Collins's novel.

The Left Hand of Darkness
by Ursula K. Le Guin

A paper by Jeanne Murray Walker examining the role of myths in the novel with reference to the theories of Claude Levi-Strauss.

The Lemon Table
by Julian Barnes

An in-depth review by Ruth Franklin of this short story collection for The New Republic.

by André Malraux

Essay by Ben Stoltzfus highlighting the personal rivalry between Malraux and Ernest Hemingway, with a comparitive analysis of the latter's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

A Letter from Phillis Wheatley
by Robert Hayden

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.

Letters to Alice
by Fay Weldon

A paper by Vanesa Manhire of the University of Otago which explores the concept of didactic literature and how Weldon's narrative deconstructs didacticism.

by Paul Auster

An essay by Anna Khimasia of Carleton University examining the intertextuality between Auster's novel and artist Sophie Calle's book Double Game.

by Don DeLillo

An essay by Stephen Bernstein of the University of Michigan on the role of terror and fear in this novel, and DeLillo's reworking of Kantian and Burkean models of the sublime, with reference to Jameson, Lyotard and others.
An essay by Bill Millard of Rutgers University analzying various themes of Libra with reference to Chomsky, Baudrillard, and others.

Life & Times of Michael K
by J.M. Coetzee

An academic article by Arnd Bohm of Carleton University discussing this novel's eponymous protagonist and the effects of censorship and apartheid.

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

An academic article by Stewart Cole examining anthropomorphism and incredulity in this novel, with reference to the assessments of various writers and critics.

The Lifted Veil
by George Eliot

An essay by Ryan Barnett of the University of Central England which explores gender and apocalypse in this novella and The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins.
An essay by Joy Johnson of the University of Georgia examining this novella's narrator as well as the role of science and technology in Eliot's narrative.

by Ali Smith

An essay by James Bailey of the University of Sheffield exploring Smith's debut novel using the academic concept of 'narrative identity' and theories of the self.

by Kate Chopin

An essay by Jacqueline Olson Padgett of Trinity College Washington looking at similarities between the Story of the Annunciation and Chopin's text.

Little Dorrit
by Charles Dickens

An academic article by Anna Dever exploring the roles of performativity, theatrical discourse, 'stage trappings', and liminal spaces in this novel and Hard Times.
An essay by Anette Slifsgaard of Aalborg University which investigating the role and depiction of Victorian women in this novel.

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

An essay by Sarah Klein, M.A. It looks at the enduring appeal of Alcott's novel, focusing in part on its relationship with the traditional conduct book.

The Lodger
by Marie Belloc Lowndes

An essay by Elyssa Warkentin, an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary, exploring the representation of Jack the Ripper's crimes in this novel.

by Vladimir Nabokov

An essay by Eric Goldman, a professor of American Literature at the University of Connecticut, examining various aspects of this controversial novel, including critical assessments, cultural myth, and the ways Nabokov challenges reader assumptions.
A paper by Monica Manolescu-Oancea focusing on how Nabokov 'invented' America in this novel with an emphasis on the author's "geographic and toponymic sensibility".
An essay by Tracy Wendt Lemaster looking at the sociological factors the 'nymphet' figure represents in this novel and Sam Mendes's film American Beauty. With reference to the work of Professor James R. Kincaid and others.
An essay by Rhys Griffiths of University College London which adopts Jameson's view of postmodernism as the product of a consumer society for a comparative analysis of Lolita and Wim Wenders's film Paris, Texas.
In this essay, Krin Gabbard of State University of New York, adopts Professor Gaylyn Studlar's model of a masochistic aesthetic, as well as Freudian psychoanalytic theorizing of sadism and masochism, to explore the dynamics of the relationship between Nabokov's text and screenplay, and Kubrick's film adaptation.
An essay by Bruno Osimo exploring translation issues in regards to Nabokov's novel.
An in-depth review of the novel by Christopher Hitchens for The Atlantic Monthly.

London Fields
by Martin Amis

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, examining the relationship between the narrator and characters of Other People and London fields.
An essay by Zia Gluhbegovic of Belgrade University which explores some of the narrative strategies Amis employs in his rendering of London in this novel.

Long-legged Fly
by William Butler Yeats

A paper by Tudor Balinisteanu of the University of Glasgow featuring a close reading of this poem in relation to notions of the self as "a space wherein imagination's drives inscribe ideographic realities of desire".

Lord Jim
by Joseph Conrad

An academic article by Randall Stevenson of the University of Edinburgh discussing issues of chance and control through an examination of the protagonist's actions and several scenes.

Lord of the Flies
By William Golding

An essay by Chandra N. exploring how the themes of innocence and experience are handled in this novel and Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast.

The Lord of the Rings
by J.R.R. Tolkien

A paper by Jeremy Kidwell of Regent College challenging the assertion that The Lord of the Rings is merely escapist fiction by highlighting Tolkien's commentary on technological developments. Kidwell discusses the narrative of the Dwarves as analogous to the scientific enterprise.
An essay by Lauri Linask of Tartu State University which evaluates the influence of Germanic and Scandinavian mythology, as well as Beowulf, on Tolkien's works.
An essay by Gene Hargrove looking at the role of Tom Bombadil in the novels.
In this essay Rahul Mitra examines how heroism is depicted in the novel through an assessment of Tolkien's world order and an appraisal of several principal characters.

Lost Illusions
by Honoré de Balzac

An essay by Sarah Rose Cole of Columbia University which considers Balzac's novel as characterizing the emergence of a recognizably French bildungsroman narrative as well as investigating its influence on Thackeray's Pendennis.

The Lottery
by Shirley Jackson

An essay by Peter Kosenko discussing the structure of the narrative and the relationships of characters and themes, primarily arguing that the story is a comment on capitalist ideology.

by Toni Morrison

An essay by G. Neelakantan and Sathyaraj Venkatesan of the Indian Institute of Technology which approaches Morrison's novel from the perspective of a critique of the American Civil Rights movement.
In this essay, Hans-Wolfgang Schaller, explores the nature and effect of the narrative devices Morrison has employed in this novel.

Love Medicine
by Louise Erdrich

A scholarly article by Andrea P. Balogh, an Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, looking at the role of Native American culture in this novel.

Love on the Dole
by Walter Greenwood

An essay by Collette Colligan of Kings College, London, exploring past and present critical responses to Greenwood's novel, the contextual details of its production, as well as narrative, characters and themes.

by José de Alencar

An essay by André Cardoso of New York University on the nineteenth-century literary conception of Brazil in this novel and Joaquim Manuel de Macedo's A Moreninha.

Lucky Jim
by Kingsley Amis

An essay by Stephen Colbourn focusing mainly on the relationship between Amis and the emergence of the 'university novel'.
An in-depth review of the novel by Christopher Hitchens for The Atlantic Monthly.

Lunar Park
by Bret Easton Ellis

A review of the novel by M. John Harrison for The Times Literary Supplement.

The Lyrical Ballads
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

An academic article by Joel Pace of the University of Wisconsin on the impact of this collection on American literary and social reforms. Pace mainly focuses on Wordsworth although there is some discussion of Coleridge's poems.

The Lyrical Ballads
by William Wordsworth

An academic article by Joel Pace of the University of Wisconsin on the impact of this collection on American literary and social reforms. Pace mainly focuses on Wordsworth although there is some discussion of Coleridge's poems.