THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Larissa Lai

Salt Fish Girl

An essay by Elizabeth C. Harmer of McMaster University examining the use of myths in this novel with particular reference to Donna Haraway's essay 'A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century'.

D.H. Lawrence

The Rainbow

A paper by Barbara Schapiro of Rhode Island College looking at specific scenes from this novel and Sons and Lovers. It is written from a very psychological perspective with a focus on Winnicott's notion of transitional experience.

Lady Chatterley's Lover

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".

Women in Love

An essay by Stephen Rowley, Université de Bordeaux I, exploring how Lawrence set out to incorporate developments in psychoanalytic theory and various European cultural movements into his narrative, as well as surveying a number of critical assessments of the novel.
An essay by Joyce Carol Oates providing an extensive analysis of the characters and themes of this novel.
A chapter from Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 by Christopher Craft discussing the novel with reference to a variety of excerpts.

Sons and Lovers

A paper by Barbara Schapiro of Rhode Island College looking at specific scenes from this novel and The Rainbow. It is written from a very psychological perspective with a focus on Winnicott's notion of transitional experience.
An article from the Guardian newspaper by Helen Baron exploring the making of the novel which made Lawrence's name.

The Plumed Serpent

An essay by Jad Smith concerning Lawrence's political views in relation to this novel, challenging in particular the assumption from some quarters that this work endorses fascist ideologies.

The White Peacock

A paper by Ollie Taylor of Durham University exploring this novel and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Topics discussed are perception, communication and body language; with analysis of several extracts.

Stephen Leacock

Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

A paper by Gerald Lynch focusing on the struggle between Mariposa and Mr. Josh Smith. It argues that this novel's primary tension arises from the opposition between individualist and community.

Sheridan Le Fanu

Carmilla

An essay by Mark M. Hennelly, Jr of California State University, applying a liminal reading of this novel, assessing previous criticism, as well as relating it to the work of cultural anthropologist Victor Turner.

Green Tea

An essay by Daniel Lewis of Ball State University, investigating the portrayal of gender roles and masculinity and their relationship to medical empiricism and materialism in Le Fanu's short story.
An academic article by Patricia MacCormack, a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, examining the Baroque and Gothic sensibilities in 'Green Tea' and 'The Familiar', and comparing these with works by H.P. Lovecraft.

Uncle Silas

An essay by Meyrav Koren-Kuik of Tel Aviv University which explores how Le Fanu in Uncle Silas and Dickens in Great Expectations bring Gothic conventions into the domestic sphere in their novels.
An essay by Gary William Crawford discussing religion, the supernatural, gender, and the nature of reality, in this novel and The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman.

The Familiar

An academic article by Patricia MacCormack, a senior lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University, examining the Baroque and Gothic sensibilities in 'The Familiar' and 'Green Tea', and comparing these with works by H.P. Lovecraft.

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Dispossessed

A paper by Victor Urbanowicz looking at the personal and political in Le Guin's novel, asserting that it depicts a sympathetic understanding of anarchist theory.
In this paper Judah Bierman argues that The Dispossessed explores the difficulties besetting the idea of an anarchist-socialist utopia.

Always Coming Home

A chapter from the digital book Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin by Richard D. Erlich covering a vast range of subjects in relation to this work.

The Left Hand of Darkness

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

The Lathe of Heaven

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.

Rosamond Lehmann

Dusty Answer

An essay by Dr Sophie Blanch of the University of Surrey exploring several aspects of this novel, particularly its socio-historical context through a consideration of Lehmann's relationship with twentieth-century modernism and the Victorian past.

Stanislaw Lem

Return from the Stars

A thesis by Michael Richard Lopez exploring, through a comparitive analysis, the literary Utopias of this novel and Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

Solaris

A paper by Edward Balcerzan who describes this novel as paradoxical. The author explores language and ethnics in Solaris.
A paper by Elyce Rae Helford which examines the construction of gender in Lem's novel, predominantly from a psychoanalytic standpoint with reference to Lacan.
In this paper Manfred Geier interprets the 'fantastic ocean' in Solaris through several semantic readings, relating the linguistic ideas of various theorists.

Doris Lessing

The Children of Violence

A paper by Lamia Tayeb of the University of Human and Social Sciences, Tunisia. It considers the motif of the journey in Lessing's quintet through an in-depth analysis of characters, structure and themes.

The Fifth Child

An essay by Anne-Laure Brevet presenting an in depth analysis of Ben, the central character of Lessing's novel.
A paper by Anna Casablancas looking at the relationship between the subconscious and dreams, and their role in the formation of female identity in this novel.

The Marriages between Zones Three, Four and Five

An essay by David Waterman of the Universite de La Rochelle exploring the role of alienation in this novel, with analyis of several excerpts.

Primo Levi

The Monkey's Wrench

A paper by Debra Romanick Baldwin, an associate professor at the University of Dallas, discussing the role of comedy in this novel and Joseph Conrad's novel Typhoon. With analysis of several excerpts from both texts.

C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia

A paper by Cathy McSporran of the University of Glasgow looking at contrasting representations of God in Lewis's series and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials.

Matthew Lewis

The Monk

A page featuring links to essays by Clara Tuite, Ann Campbell, Jerrold E. Hogle, James Whitlark, Syndy M. Conger, Lisa Wilson and Marie-José Tienhooven discussing a vast range of subjects in relation to this influential Gothic novel.
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, Ann Radcliffe's The Italian, and the Romantics' criticism of Gothic romance.
An essay by Lauren Fitzgerald of Yeshiva University examining the authorship of The Monk, with reference to the insights of post-structuralist philosopher Judith Butler.
An academic article by Max Fincher investigating how the Gothic can be described as camp. It explores Susan Sontag's and others definitions of 'camp', as well as how theorist Fabio Cleto's ideas relate to the supernatural, before progressing onto a close reading of Lewis' novel.

Jack London

The Iron Heel

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

Marie Belloc Lowndes

The Lodger

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.

Malcolm Lowry

Under the Volcano

A paper by Jennifer Lawn arguing that this novel challenges received ideas of the roles of author, narrator and character in fiction. With the analysis of several excerpts, it explores focalization and the representation of consciousness.

Mina Loy

Insel

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".