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Pale Fire
by Vladimir Nabokov

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.

by Samuel Richardson

A chapter from Licensing Entertainment: The Elevation of Novel Reading in Britain, 1684-1750 by William B. Warner examining this text in relation to the rise of the novel.
A paper by Bonnie Blackwell, an assistant professor at Texas Christian University, examining Richardson's novel in relation to childbirth in the eighteenth-century, as well as responding to Foucault's work on this subject in his 'The Birth of the Clinic'.
An essay by Marion Lopez-Burette, an English professor, looking at the subject of rebellion in Richardson's novel and Jane Eyre.

A Passage to India
by E.M. Forster

An essay by Christine Froula of Northwestern University which seeks to discover how quantum physics can illuminate this novel's social world; the analysis also sets out to distinguish modernism and postmodernism.
An essay by Shirley Galloway examining empire, ideology and transformation in this novel and Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
In this essay Shirley Galloway discusses some of the novel's characters.
An article by Tanvi Patel exploring Forster's portrayal of friendship between the Indians and the English with mention of several characters.

The Passion of New Eve
by Angela Carter

An essay by Anna Kérchy, a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, examining gender issues and the grotesque in Carter's novel; the essay also surveys various critical evaluations.
An academic article by Nicoletta Vallorani discussing the representation of utopian cities in feminist science fiction and Carter's novel.

by William Makepeace Thackeray

A paper by Sarah Rose Cole of Columbia University exploring this novel and Balzac's Lost Illusions. Amidst other arguments, it suggests "Pendennis forms a point of intersection between the British and French national traditions of the Bildungsroman".

By Jane Austen

An essay by Kelly Marsh, an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University, exploring various aspects of narrative theory, and this novel's submerged plot of the protagonist's mother and it's influence over the surface plot of marriage.
An essay by Meaghan Malone examining how Austen employs the female gaze in her novel to create a distinctive masculinity with her male characters.
An essay by Michael Kramp exploring Austen's portrayal of social malleability through an analysis of this novel's principal characters, Anne and Wentworth.
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, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.
A paper by Claire Eileen Tarlson of Seattle University arguing that Austen's final novel Persuasion is a powerful revisioning of Pride and Prejudice.
An essay by Ian Mackean in which he looks at Austen's use of authorial voice and point of view in this novel.
A substantial page from the Victorian Web, written by Felix Moses, an Associate Professor at Madras Christian College, discussing the structuralist idea of a Semic code, and how this relates to Austen's novel.

Peter Ibbetson
by George Du Maurier

An essay by Athena Vrettos of Case Western Reserve University on the emerging ideas of memory and the unconscious in Victorian society, focusing on how these manifest in du Maurier's novel and other contemporaneous texts.

Pet Sematary
by Stephen King

An essay by Kevin Corstorphine exploring the themes of territory and space in the novel; discussing how these can be imbued with political significance.

The Pickup
by Nadine Gordimer

In this essay Franz Meier examines this novel in relationship to the concept of 'the other', with reference to works by Jacques Lacan and Edward Said.

The Pickwick Papers
by Charles Dickens

An academic article by Andrew Mangham looking at the role of medical science, and the impact the suicide of Dickens's illustrator, had on The Pickwick Papers.
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, Oliver Twist, and Nicholas Nickleby.

The Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde

An essay by Julia Kent of the American University of Beirut which uses Wilde's novel as a means to explore the perceived differences of character depiction between English and French novels, looking in particular at the chapter on the "yellow book".
An essay by Charles C. Nickerson of Trinity College, Oxford, exploring the gestation of Wilde's novel; the article originally appeared in The Times Literary Supplement.

Pied Piper Of Lovers
by Lawrence Durrell

An academic article by James Gifford of the University of Alberta on Durrell's first novel, addressing its autobiographical aspects and the subject of colonialism.

The Pilot
by James Fenimore Cooper

An essay by James Crane of Loyola University comparing the portrayal of friendship and relationships in this novel and Walter Scott's The Pirate.

Pink Dog
by Elizabeth Bishop

In this essay, Catherine Cucinella of California State University looks at the role of the grotesque in Bishop's poem, and its relationship to gender and sexuality. With reference to Bakhtin, Lacan, Kristeva and others.

The Pioneers
by James Fenimore Cooper

An essay by Jen Camden of the University of Indianapolis looking at the roles of primary and secondary heroines in this novel, Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance. Camden focuses in particular on how these women represent competing ideals of national identity and femininity.
A paper by George G. Dekker of Stanford University about the relationship between the rise of tourism and the Romantic novel in this text and Sir Walter Scott's Guy Mannering.

Pioneers! O Pioneers!
by Walt Whitman

An academic article by Kirsten Harris exploring this poem's correspondence with, and influence on, British constructions of socialism and democracy.
An academic article by Vanessa Steinroetter investigating the history of the publication and translation of Whitman's poem in Germany.

The Pirate
by Sir Walter Scott

An essay by James Crane of Loyola University comparing the portrayal of friendship and relationships in this novel and James Fenimore Cooper's The Pilot.

The Plague
by Albert Camus

Academic Dean and Professor of Sociology at University of Western Ontario Joseph W. Lella provides some reflections on Camus's novel in relation to AIDS.

The Plumed Serpent
by D.H. Lawrence

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.

by Vladimir Nabokov

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'.

Poor Things
by Alasdair Gray

An article by Philip Hobsbaum exploring the concept of the 'unreliable narrator' and how it manifests in Poor Things and other novels.

The Portrait of a Lady
by Henry James

A chapter from Marilyn R. Chandler's Dwelling in the Text: Houses in American Fiction arguing that James adopts an architectural approach in the creation of narrative.
An essay by Patricia Rohrer of Teachers College which draws on Richard Rorty's Contingency, Irony, Solidarity and Naomi Scheman's 'Individualism and the Objects of Psychology' for an exploration of this novel's protagonist, Isabel Archer.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce

A paper by Louis Armand, a senior lecturer at Charles University discussing language in the novel through close readings of key scenes.

The Possessed
by Fyodor Dostoevsky

An essay by Joyce Carol Oates on Dostoevsky's "most satisfactorily 'tragic' work" examines, with a selection of excerpts, several characters and scenes in the novel as well as evalauting certain criticisms of form and structure.

Possessing the Secret of Joy
by Alice Walker

An essay by Geneva Cobb Moore analyzing how Walker incorporates Jungian concepts - archetypal patterns of the ego and the anima/animus - into her narrative.

by A.S. Byatt

An essay by Merja Polvinen on Byatt's Booker prize-winning novel. Polvinen sets out to discuss Possession as a realisation of the author's theories on self-conscious realism, discussing many aspects of the book and featuring several close readings.
In this paper Stephen Dondershine discusses the role of colour in Byatt's novel; particularly as a device for conveying symbolic relationships within the narrative.

A Prayer for my Daughter
by William Butler Yeats

An in-depth prosodic analysis of this poem, by Robert Einarsson of Grant MacEwan College.

The Prelude
by William Wordsworth

An essay by Pascale Guibert, a Senior Lecturer at the Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, examining Wordsworth's construction of landscape, with analysis of several extracts and reference to works by Deleuze, Guattari, Marc Porée and others.
An essay by Gary Farnell of King Alfred's College exploring many aspects of this work, although the psychological and literary motives for Wordsworth's lack of detail regarding his parents death in a seemingly autobiographical text is an overriding factor in the reading. With analysis of several excerpts.
An essay by Soheil Ahmed of the University of Queensland looking at the reasons and implicatons of Wordsworth's historical revisions in The Prelude.
An essay by Stuart Allen of Ohio Wesleyan University, which challenges historist readings of The Prelude and argues for a recognition of Wordsworth use of allegory.
In this essay, Joel Pace explores how Wordsworth "relates emotion, cognition and reflection in his concept of imagination" in The Prelude. Featuring several excerpts.

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

An article by H.L. Jackson of the University of Toronto. It focuses on Mr Bennet, enquiring as to the nature of his library before adopting a highly specific discussion about libraries in the early 19th century.
An academic article by George R. Clay challenging the views E.M. Forster expresses in his Aspects of the Novel regarding the role of "flat characterization". Clay looks at the roles of several 'flat characters' in this novel, as well as Dickens's David Copperfield and Tolstoy's War and Peace.

The Princess
by Alfred Tennyson

An essay by Laura Fasick of Minnesota State University arguing that this poem is more nuanced than critics have realised. There is a comparitive analysis with Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida, and several close readings.

The Princess Casamassima
by Henry James

In this essay, Anne-Claire Le Reste examines James's use and motivations for his many intertextual references in this novel to established masters of realism and naturalism, such as Honoré de Balzac, Charles Dickens and Émile Zola.
In this essay Anne-Claire Le Reste applies a Gothic reading to The Princess Casamassima, identifying various conventions from that genre and how they relate to the realism of James's text.
An essay by Thomas F. Bertonneau of Central Michigan College, discussing how James explores issues relating to religion, social revolution and art, focusing in particular on Hyacinth Robinson from this novel, and the anonymous narrators of James's The Sacred Fount and The Aspern Papers.

Prisoner's Dilemma
by Richard Powers

An article by Beth McFarland-Wilson which utilizes Family Systems Theory to explore how each member of the Hobson family make a significant contribution to Powers's narrative.

The Prodigal
by Elizabeth Bishop

In this essay, Frank J. Kearful of the University of Bonn, discusses the function of parody in this poem through a close reading.