THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita

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.

Invitation to a Beheading

An essay by Timothy Langen of the University of Missouri exploring possible ways of interpretating this novel, with reference to "Russell's paradox".

Pale Fire

An essay by Yannicke Chupin of the Université Paris-IV Sorbonne examining this novel in relation to the structuralist analysis Roland Barthes presents in his S/Z.

Ada

An academic article by Roy Arthur Swanson analysing this novel within the context of science fiction and assessing Nabokov's views on this genre.

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

An academic article by Irina Marchesini which explores how Nabokov uses various narrative devices to depict himself within his first English novel.

Pnin

An essay by Jerome H. Katsell about repetition of themes and events, with reference to Kierkegaard, Deleuze, Boyd and others; includes discussion of several extracts.
An essay by Savely Senderovich, a Professor at Cornell University, and Yelena Shvarts, an independent scholar, exploring various aspects of this novel with analysis of several excerpts.
An article by novelist David Lodge from The Guardian newspaper discussing several aspects of this novel. These include possible influences for the central protagonist and this book's role as an early example of the 'campus novel'.

V.S. Naipaul

In a Free State

An academic article by Derek Wright of Northern Territory University examining the various ontological modes Naipaul employs and their relationship to the structural forms of his Booker Prize winning novel.

A House for Mr Biswas

A scholarly article by Razif Bin Bahari which looks closely at the struggle of the colonized subject to achieve a sense of self and identity. With analysis of several excerpts of the novel.
An essay by Sumitra Kukreti analysing Naipaul's handling of his protagonist, the isolated Mohun Biswas, and his attempts to overcome his alienation.

The Mystic Masseur

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.

The Mimic Men

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

A Way in the World

An essay by Rhonda Cobham-Sander, a professor at Amherst College, providing several readings of this novel while taking into account the notion of an author's critical legacy being of both thematic concern and stylistic innovation.

Half a Life

An extensive review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.

Lorine Niedecker

New Goose

An essay by Elizabeth Willis asserting that Niedecker's poetry is characterized by tensions between an individual voice and broader documentary impulse. Similarities between her work and the films of Sergei Eisenstein are also considered.

The Granite Pail

In this academic article Elizabeth Willis focuses primarily on Niedecker's notion of 'folk'; her conception of poetic composition and her relation to cultural sources. The analysis features several close readings of The Granite Pail.

Garth Nix

Sabriel

An academic article by Chloe Buckley on the role of 'portal' narratives in this novel and their relationship to Lacanian theories of self and space.

Alden Nowlan

The Anatomy of Angels

An essay by Elizabeth Bieman with analysis of several excerpts from this poem.