THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Oblomov
by Ivan Goncharov

An essay by Victor Mazin examining the role of laziness in this novel.

Ode on a Grecian Urn
by John Keats

A paper by Kellie Martin of Pepperdine University specifically focusing on an understanding of this poem's final two lines with reference to Plato's theories.

Ode to Psyche
by John Keats

An academic article by Kris Steyaert discussing this poem, in part challenging previously held notions of Keats's work being effeminate by emphasizing the masculine undercurrents of his poetry.

The Old Curiosity Shop
by Charles Dickens

A chapter from Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience by Audrey Jaffe looking at the subject of omniscience and how it relates to narrative perspective, as well as the meaning of the word 'curiosity'.

Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

An essay by Professor Kébir Sandy exploring the presence of theatricality and the influence of popular entertainment on Dickens in this novel, as well as other early Dickens works such as Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, and Nicholas Nickleby.
An essay by James Washick, an Associate Professor at North Greenville University, exploring the similarities between the origins of the eponymous protagonist of Dicken's novel and Lord Voldemort, from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
A paper by John Robert Keller mainly focusing on Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot although it does relate certain scenes from this play to Dickens' novel.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
by Ken Kesey

An essay by Clifford J. Kurkowski which takes a feminist approach to this novel. It looks primarily at the character of Nurse Ratched. With several close readings.

The 120 Days of Sodom
by The Marquis de Sade

An essay by Amanda Di Ponio of the University of St Andrews discussing various aspects of this novel with reference to the work of Mikhail Bakhtin and Georges Bataille, as well as analysis of several extracts from the work.

One Hundred Years of Solitude
by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston where he considers this novel in several stages: as an epic narrative; the comedy and tragedy within the plot and characters; time and magical realism; before finally concluding with a discussion of the insightful revelations about the world it depicts.

The Orderal of Richard Feverel
by George Meredith

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

Orlando
by Virginia Woolf

An essay by Chris Coffman, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, comparing the depiction of transgender individuals in Woolf's fantastical novel and the realist The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, with an evaluation of various readings by Jay Prosser, Judith Halberstam, and others.
An essay by Elizabeth Wright of The University of St. Andrews discussing Woolf's concept of the 'androgynous mind' and how it manifests in Orlando, as well as assessing how androgyny has been theorized over the years.
A paper by Annie Sullivan exploring Woolf's unusual depiction of time in this novel.

Oryx and Crake
by Margaret Atwood

A paper by Grayson Cooke of Central Queensland University looking at the role of biotechnology and the relationship between language and human life in Atwood's post-apocalyptic novel. Also assesses the criticial reception of Oryx and Crake.

Other People
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.

Our Ecstatic Days
by Steve Erickson

An in-depth review looking at some of the recurring images that link Erickson's books as well as highlighting his postmodern stylistic tendencies.

Our Mutual Friend
by Charles Dickens

An essay by Professor Kébir Sandy, which explores the character of Bella Wilfer, with analysis of several scenes from the novel.
An essay by Adelene Buckland of Newnham College exploring both the material and symbolic role of 'the fireside' in A Christmas Carol and Our Mutual Friend.
A scholarly article by Nicola Bown exploring the influence of Darwin's Origin of Species on this novel and the narrative role of Mr Venus's shop.
An essay by Sara D. Schotland of Georgetown University which discusses the character of Jenny Wren and how Dickens challenges binary oppositions in the representation of disability in the Victorian novel.
A chapter from Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience by Audrey Jaffe exploring the underlying ominscience of this novel's narrator.

Our Nig
by Harriet Wilson

An essay by Katja Kanzler of the University of Leipzig looking at architectural figurations of race and gender in this novel and Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.