THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Rose Macaulay

And No Man's Wit

An essay by D.A. Boxwell, an Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, examining depictions of the Spanish Civil War and addressing issues of canonicity in this novel and Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Hugh MacDiarmid

Etika Preobrazhennavo Erosa

An academic article by Michael Whitworth of Oxford University looking at the subjects of culture and society, and the relation between high and low art. With reference to the criticism of F.R and Q.D Leavis, and analysis of several excerpts from this poem.

Joaquim Manuel de Macedo

A Moreninha

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.

Norman Mailer

The Executioner's Song

A paper by Andrew Wilson looking at the western vernacular and minimalist tendencies in Mailer's Pulitzer Prize winning novel as well as comparing literary influences.

André Malraux

L'espoir

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.

Katherine Mansfield

The Garden Party

An academic article by Gerardo Rodríguez Salas of the University of Granada which primarily explores this story's relationship with modernism and postmodernism, with discussion of several extracts.

Eugenie Marlitt

Die zweite Frau

An essay by Ivonne Defant of the University of Trento exploring the theme of the imprisoned and socially-marginalized woman in this novel and Jane Eyre.

Yann Martel

Life of Pi

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

Charles Maturin

Melmoth the Wanderer

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.

W. Somerset Maugham

The Razor's Edge

An essay by Shirley Galloway featuring analysis of many sections in this novel.

East and West

A paper by Hsiu-Chuang Deppman of Oberlin College examining Maugham's colonial perspectives in comparison to those of the Chinese author Eileen Chang.

Cormac McCarthy

The Road

An essay by R.A. Goodrich of Deakin University which applies the theories of Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty in an analysis of the correlative hypothesis, and the relationship between fictional narrative and reader experience.
An academic article by Anthony Warde of The University of Sheffield analyzing this novel from a spatial perspective, with an emphasis on the role of the map and it's association with the postmodern order of simulacra.
An essay by Jason Park examining some of this novel's narrative strategies.

The Crossing

An academic article by Chris Powici of the University of Stirling looking at the role of the wolf in McCarthy's novel, particularly from the perspectives of Jacques Derrida and the travel writer Barry Lopez. With analysis of several excerpts.

Ian McEwan

Atonement

An essay by Brian Finney, a Professor at California State University, providing an extensive analysis of the characters, themes and structure of this novel, as well as discussing its literary influences and considering various critical assessments.
In this review James Wood discusses various sections of the novel, with analysis of several excerpts. He considers Atonement to be troubled by fiction's artificiality.

Enduring Love

An essay by Maxine E. Walker, a Professor of Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, which draws on philosopher Charles Taylor's A Secular Age to explore the interaction of various topics, such as science, romanticism and theology, in McEwan's narrative.

Amsterdam

An essay by Dana Chetrinescu analzying the concept of space in the novel and how this relates to several of the main characters, with reference to several extracts.

The Cement Garden

An essay by Nick Ambler examining this novel's socio-cultural context, with emphasis on the discrepancy between the protagonist's psychological and physical worlds.

Conversation with a Cupboard Man

An essay by Richard Pedot, a Professor at University Paris Dauphine, analyzing various issues relating to the narrator's rendering of language in this short story.

Saturday

An essay by Lidia Vianu of Bucharest University discussing the representation of terror in this novel and its relationship to literary modernism.
An extensive review of the novel, discussing several themes, by James Wood for The New Republic.

William McIlvanney

Docherty

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

Herman Melville

Moby Dick

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.

The Confidence Man

An academic article by Andrew Green of the University of Birmingham presenting a comparative analysis of this novel and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.

George Meredith

The Ordeal of Richard Feverel

An essay by Martin Fashbaugh, of Black Hills State University, which looks at the interplay between narrative and poetic discourse and their relationship to the theme of jealosy in Meredith's novel and Dicken's Great Expectations

Rachid Mimouni

Tombéza

An essay by Salwa Ali Benzahra looking at this novel's marginalized protagonist.

Timothy Mo

Sour Sweet

An essay by Mark Shackleton discussing how food - seen here as a marker of national identity - features in this novel as well as works by Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith.

Renegade or Halo2

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, which sets out, through an extensive analysis of Mo's novel, to illustrate the connection between literary mode and thematic concern.

Sylvia Molloy

Certificate of Absence

An academic article by Michael Hardin of Bloomsburg University exploring how this novel, as well as Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body and Helena Parente Cunha's Woman Between Mirrors, challenges binary constructions.

Toni Morrison

Beloved

An essay by Satya P. Mohanty, a Professor at Cornell University, which explores Morrison's novel through analyzing relations between experience and identity, as well as challenging essentialist and postmodernist methods.
A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction discussing this novel and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.
An essay by Marie Nigro of Lincoln University discussing the revision of history in Morrison's novel and Tracks by Louise Erdrich.

Jazz

An essay by Tracey Sherard of Washington State University examining this novel from the perspective of the complexity and relevance of technology in its narrative.
In this essay, Astrid Recker of the University of Cologne examines the influence of white-patriarchal models on black masculinity in Morrison's novel.
An essay by Éva Gyetvai of Eötvös Lóránd University looking at Morrison's reconfiguration of language in Jazz, with analysis of several excerpts.
In this essay, Susmita Talukdar, a Lecturer at Tribhuvan University, analyzing how narrative can widen a reader's skill of evaluation.

Love

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.

The Bluest Eye

An essay by Samy Azouz, an adjunct professor at the University of Le Havre, discussing ideology, prejudice, and the multi-faceted role of the cinema in this novel.
An essay by Alisa A. Balestra of Youngstown State University looking at Morrison's depiction of intraracial oppression in her first novel.

Bharati Mukherjee

Desirable Daughters

A paper by Abha Shukla Kaushik exploring Mukherjee's treatment of immigration and multiculturalism in regards to the Indian diaspora in North America.

Wife

An academic article by R. S. Krishnan of North Dakota State University discussing this novel's protagonist and their interaction with feminist discourse and cultural space. With reference to works by Elaine Showalter, Raymond Williams and others.
An academic article by Jenni Valjento exploring the concept of isolation in Mukherjee's novel, with observations from Edward Said, and several critical assessments.
In this essay, Archana Trivedi analyzes Mukherjee's depiction of neurosis, particularly in relation to cultural conflict, in Dimple, this novel's immigrant protagonist.

Paul Muldoon

The Treaty

An essay by Adam Crothers of Girton College, University of Cambridge, which applies Charles O. Hartman's notion of 'discovered form' in an exploration of ambiguity in the formal properties of Muldoon's sonnet.