THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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The Machine Stops
by E.M. Forster

An academic article by Ralph Pordzik of Wurzbürg University reading Forster's short story as a 'closet fantasy'. The essay references work by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

Madame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert

An in-depth review of Madame Bovary by Clive James for The Atlantic Monthly.

Madoc
by Robert Southey

An essay by Rebecca Cole Heinowitz, an Assistant Professor at Bard College, looking at the political context behind Madoc and Southey's attitudes to colonial expansion.

Man and Wife
by Wilkie Collins

A scholarly article by Stephanie King of Concordia University investigating how Collins characterizes the roles of the fallen man and woman in his narrative.

The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick

A paper by Lorenzo DiTommaso exploring the implementation of Christian theology in the redemptive journeys the characters take in this novel.

A Man of the People
by Chinua Achebe

A paper by Beth Kramer of New York University analysing depictions of masculinity and homosocial desire in this novel and Graham Greene's The Quiet American.

Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen

A paper by Matthew Taylor of Kinjo Gakuin University exploring Austen's conception of landscapes in this novel, especially the thematic role of the forest and its relationship to the narrative's characters.
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 Austen's novel.
An essay by Rashmi Verma exploring the themes of subjugation and oppression in Mansfield Park, focusing particularly on the character of Sir Thomas Bertram and his role in the slave trade.
An essay by Matthew Taylor of Kinjo Gakuin University discussing the theme of scandal in Mansfield Park through critical reactions to Maria Rushworth's affair.
An academic article by Leona Toker exploring various aspects of the novel.
An essay by Susannah Carson of the L'Université de Versailles investigating the paradox of silence in relation to the female characters and their perspectives in this novel, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility.
An article from the Victorian Web on Austen's negotiations with slavery in the novel.

The Manticore
by Robertson Davies

An essay by W.J Keith examining Davies's novel in literary-critical terms with a consideration of its implementation of Jungian analysis.

Mao II
by Don DeLillo

A paper by Paula Martín Salván which considers this novel to be "a representative example of the narrative pattern of a writer’s resistance to the established order". It looks at postmodernism and artistic ethics in relation to DeLillo's text.
An essay by Peter Baker of Towson State University examining the postmodern concerns of this novel, Thomas Pynchon's Vineland and Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game.

Mapp and Lucia
by E.F. Benson

An article by novelist Philip Hensher primarily exploring the nature of characterization in Benson's series.

Marabou Stork Nightmares
by Irvine Welsh

A paper by Carole Jones which examines the theme of the white male as victim and its representation in Welsh's novel and William McIlvanney's Docherty.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
by William Blake

In this essay Susan P. Reilly explores Blake's favouring of sound over visuals.

The Marriages between Zones Three, Four and Five
by Doris Lessing

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

Mars Trilogy
by Kim Stanley Robinson

An essay by Chris Pak of the University of Liverpool adopting the theoretical approaches of Mikhail Bakhtin, Damien Broderick and Edward Said in a study of ecocriticism and terraforming in Robinson's Red Mars, Green Mars and Blue Mars.

Martin Chuzzlewit
by Charles Dickens

An essay by Daniel P. Deneau of Minnesota State University, examining the character of 'old Chuffey' and his role in the narrative of this novel.

Mason & Dixon
by Thomas Pynchon

An essay by Justin Scott Coe of Claremont Graduate University examining various issues relating to religion and history, and their treatment in Pynchon's novel. With analysis of several excerpts from the text.
An essay by Christy L. Burns of the College of William and Mary which analyzes in detail many aspects of this novel, including the relationship between the titular characters, the author's narrative techniques, and the work's association with postmodern concepts.

The Master
by Colm Tóibín

A paper by Ágnes Zsófia Kovács of the University of Szeged looking at how gender issues, and the influence of Henry James's narratives, inform Tóibín's novel.

The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov

An academic article by Yanina Arnold looking at the role of the carnivalesque in Bulgakov's novel, with reference to Bakhtin's theories of the sociological role of carnival.
An essay by Radha Balasubramanian of the University of Nebraska which draws on the Hindu system of belief to examine Bulgakov's depiction of otherworldly entities.

The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy

The introduction by Rosemarie Morgan to the Penguin World Classics 2000 edition of this novel.

Melincourt
By Thomas Love Peacock

An essay by Nicholas A. Joukovsky discussing the protagonist of this novel with reference to Byron and Shelley.

Melmoth the Wanderer
by Charles Maturin

An essay by Christina Morin exploring the ways in which the theme of consumption manifests itself within this Gothic novel, as well as discussing biographical influences.

Men at Arms
by Evelyn Waugh

An in-depth review for The Atlantic Monthy by novelist Penelope Lively of the first book in Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy.

Meridian
by Alice walker

A chapter from Mother Without Child: Contemporary Fiction and the Crisis of Motherhood by Elaine Tuttle Hansen examining both positive and negative depictions of motherhood in this novel and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka

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.

Middlemarch
by George Eliot

An academic article by Jonathan Farina of Seton Hall University asserting that Mr Brooke's comic idioms can be viewed as a paradigm for the style in Middlemarch.
An essay by Clifford J. Marks, an Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming discussing Eliot's representation of ethics in Middlemarch, with reference to Spinoza and the work of the French philosopher Emmanuel Levinas.
An academic article by Ignês Sodré exploring thematic links between the characters of Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch and Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss.
An essay by Matthew Beaumont, University College London, challenging criticism of Middlemarch and Adam Bede where the works are considered to be traditional realist, the essay looks at two particular scenes from the novels.
An essay by Shu-chuan Chou which surveys various critical assessments of Dorothea's marriage to Will Ladislaw, referencing Julia Kristeva's theory of the dynamic interaction between semiotic and symbolic forces.
A chapter from Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in 19th-Century British Prose by Peter Melville Logan, claiming that Middlemarch "represents medicine's uncertain relationship with bodies as objects of knowledge".
In this essay Bernard J. Paris, emeritus professor at the University of Florida, presents a reading of Dorothea Brooke's character, with reference to the theories of the German psychoanalyst Karen Horney.
In this essay James Luberda of the University of Connecticut uses the social psychology concept of 'positioning theory' in a reading of Middlemarch, with analysis of several excerpts from the text.
A substantial essay from The Victorian Web about the use of science in the novel.

Middlesex
by Jeffrey Eugenides

An essay by Francisco Collado-Rodríguez of the Universidad de Zaragoza discussing this novel's various postmodern aspects, such as the representation of cultural hybridity and ambivalent identity.

Midnight's Children
by Salman Rushdie

An essay by Anita Singh and Rahul Chaturvedi examining historical and genealogical representation in Rushdie's novel; with reference to the work of Michel Foucault.
An essay by Victoria Tatko analyzing the role of myth and the death of the Raj in Rushdie's Booker prize-winning novel and The Jewel in the Crown by Paul Scott.

The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot

An essay by Anna Marutollo of McGill University on the de-construction of the domestic and the re-construction of Empire in this novel and Charlotte Brontë's Villette.
An academic article by Ignês Sodré exploring thematic links between the characters of Maggie Tulliver from The Mill on the Floss and Dorothea Brooke from Middlemarch.

The Mimic Men
by V.S. Naipaul

An essay by Shirley Galloway analyzing the experiences of the protagonist of this novel and how these reflect on colonized peoples.

The Ministry of Fear
by Graham Greene

An essay by Beryl Pong examining depictions of space and time in this novel and Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day from within the context of the Blitz.

The Minority Report
by Philip K. Dick

A paper by Irving Goh, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, exploring various themes relating to crime detection in this short story and Steven Spielberg's 2002 film adaptation. With reference to the theories of philosopher Jacques Rancière.

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville

An academic article by R.K. Gupta of the Indian Institute of Technology exploring the influence of Schopenhauer's ideas and theories on this novel and Melville's intellectual relationship with the German philosopher.
An essay by Geraldine Murphy assessing interpretations of Melville's novel by F.O. Matthiessen and R.W.B. Lewis, with those of Richard Chase, from the perspective of liberalism in the postwar period.
An essay by Marc Schuster illustrating how a greater understanding of the dynamic between the principal characters can be gained through an appreciation of Melville's use of Hindu imagery, particularly the Trimurti.
In this essay Andrew Fieldsend of University of Western Ontario examines Melville's portrayal of the Pacific and how this effects the protagonist. With close readings.

Moll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe

A paper by Anne-Kathrin Rochwalsky of The University of Freiburg exploring narrative and structure of this early novel, particularly the role of characterization with some reference to the work of literary historian Ian Watt.

Money
by Martin Amis

In this essay, Brian Finney explores the relationship between the protagonist and narrator in Money, and the implications of the plot structure of Time's Arrow.
An essay by Jon Begley, a tutor at the University of Leicester, which draws on Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of dialogism, for a reading which emphasizes the dialogic and transatlantic structure of Money.
A paper by Florian Niedlich analyzing how this novel's unusual narrative method responds, both in form and content, to the Thatcher years.
An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Amis employs in Money and The Information to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narratives and roguish protagonists; McCulloch also discusses works by Richard Russo, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Steve Tesich.

The Monk
by Matthew Lewis

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.

The Monkey's Wrench
by Primo Levi

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.

Mont Blanc
by Percy Bysshe Shelley

An essay by Robert Mitchell, an Assistant Professor at Duke University, examining this poem and its relationship to Kant's theory of aesthetic judgement and Gilles Deleuze's method of 'transcendental deduction'.

The Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins

An academic article by Sharleen Mondal of the University of Washington discussing the roles of several characters, particularly Ezra Jennings, Franklin Blake and Rachel Verinder, as well as issues of gender, sexuality and imperialism.

Moon Palace
By Paul Auster

A paper by Pál Hegyi which explores Auster's use of the theoretical concept 'mise-en-abyme', particularly in relation to the 'moon motif' in this novel, and referencing the work of André Gide, Maurice Blanchot, Jacques Derrida, and others.
The role of The Frontier is discussed in this long essay by Christian Seidl.

The Moor's Last Sigh
by Salman Rushdie

A paper by John Clement Ball of University of New Brunswick which draws on Bakhtinian theories of satire and the grotesque in an investigation of Rushdie's representation of Indian nationalist politics.
An essay by Robert Marzec looking at the nature of reading and subjectivity in the context of Rushdie's novel and the pervasive influence of the information age.

A Moreninha
by Joaquim Manuel de Macedo

An essay by André Cardoso of New York University on the nineteenth-century literary conception of Brazil in this novel and José de Alencar's Lucíola.

The Mosquito Coast
By Paul Theroux

An essay by Chandra N. exploring how the themes of innocence and experience are handled in this novel and William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Mrs Dalloway
by Virginia Woolf

An academic article by Mary Joe Hughes, a professor at Boston College, focusing on the opening scene of Mrs Dalloway with close readings of many extracts, as well as reference to the ideas of Maurice Blanchot in regards to narrative development.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, exploring the various narrative devices Woolf employs to convey mental illness, and the complexities of applying subjective or objective readings to Mrs. Dalloway.
Essay by Elizabeth Kimball of Temple University which sets out to clarify Heidegger's ideas on art before assessing them using Woolf's novel as a case study.

The Mysteries of Udolpho
by Ann Radcliffe

An essay by Richard S. Albright, a professor of English at Shippensburg University, examining this novel in considerable depth, with an emphasis on how the concept of time is employed. Featuring analysis of several excerpts.
An academic article by JoEllen DeLucia of City University of New York discussing the heroine of this novel, as well as the Scots poetry featured throughout its narrative, from within the context of the Scottish Enlightenment.
An Essay by Harriet Blodgett exploring ideological parallels between Radcliffe's novel and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with particular attention to the protagonist of Udolpho and the role of sensibility in the text.
A paper by Beatrice Battaglia of the Università di Bologna exploring Radcliffe's representation of Venice in this novel, particularly her use of the picturesque, and its influence on subsequent works.

The Mystic Masseur
by V.S. Naipaul

An essay by Barbara Lalla, a Professor at The University of the West Indies, exploring the reader's relationship with Naipaul's construction of "nothingness" in this novel.

My Lady Ludlow
by Elizabeth Gaskell

A paper by Audrey Murfin of Binghamton University examining the influence of the folk tales known in England as the Arabian Nights' Entertainments on the structure of this novel and 'The Yellow Mask' by Wilkie Collins.