THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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The Marquis de Sade

The 120 Days of Sodom

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.

Tayeb Salih

Season of Migration to the North

An essay by Brian Gibson of the University of Alberta which draws on readings of this novel as an analysis of colonial politics to focus on representations of masculinity.

J.D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

An essay by Eric Lomazoff assessing various critical responses to the novel.
Essay by Glorianne E. Scott asserting that the employment of Freud's interpretations of dream objects can unveil the psychological basis for the protagonist's obsessions.
A paper by Laura Routti using The Catcher in the Rye as a case study for the analysis of the relation between translation and norms.

Dorothy Scarborough

The Wind

An essay by Sherry Zivley of the University of Houston looking at the relationship between dust storms, isolation and madness in this novel, with assessment of other critical readings.

Paul Scott

The Jewel in the Crown

An essay by Victoria Tatko analyzing the role of myth and the death of the Raj in this novel and Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

Sir Walter Scott

Waverley

An essay by Jeffrey Scraba of Rutgers University examining the development of the historical novel, using Waverley as a case study, and how Scott engages with the theories and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.
An article by Christopher Rollason exploring the influence of Scottish, or Celtic, culture on the narrative of Scott's first published novel.

Redgauntlet

An essay by Rick Incorvati of Wittenberg University investigating the notion that the character of Darsie Latimer was a homosexual, as well as reassessing the Foucaultian contention that the homosexual was a late-nineteenth-century invention.

The Pirate

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.

Ivanhoe

An essay by Peter Schmidt of Swarthmore College examining the influence of Scott's literature in America, postcolonial theory, and how this manifests in Ivanhoe.

Guy Mannering

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 Cooper's The Pioneers.

W.G. Sebald

Austerlitz

An essay by Jakob Lothe of the University of Oslo looking at narrative and ethics in Sebald's novel, as well as works by Franz Kafka and Joseph Conrad.

The Emigrants

An academic article by Todd Heidt of the University of Cincinnati analyzing the narrator's role and the relationship between reality and fiction in Sebald's narrative.

Vertigo

A scholarly article by Colin Dickey looking at dislocation and modernity in this work.

Mary Shelley

Frankenstein

An essay by Monique R. Morgan of McGill University exploring the role of inductive reasoning in the novel, with reference to Hume and Bacon, as well as an appraisal of Shelley's narrative techniques and an assessment of the novel's relation to the gothic.
An essay by Anne Williams of the University of Georgia claiming that this novel is a hybrid of male and female Gothic conventions. It explores Shelley's representations of masculinity and femininity, as well as her complex frame narrative.
An essay by Laurie Garrison of the University of Lincoln examining the relationship between Frankenstein and Arctic exploration, and also the narrative's stance as a critique of imperialist endeavour.
An academic article by Aija Ozolins which asserts that "Frankenstein is a markedly dualistic work". It examines the narrative's many contrasts and conflicts.
A paper by Sherry Ginn of Wingate University exploring themes of procreation and death by applying Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development to Shelley's life in an in-depth analysis of the famous story.
An essay by Jonathan Glance, a professor at Mercer University, which applies a cultural historicist approach to the role of dreams in Frankenstein.
An essay by Lee E. Heller looking at Frankenstein from a cultural context in relation to literacy and education, as well as the genre of the Gothic novel.
A linguistic analysis by Lizzie Knowles of Frankenstein and 'The Bloody Chamber' by Angela Carter, with reference to the work of Diane Elam and Michael Halliday.
An essay by Jane Maree Maher of Monash University which examines cultural constructions of pregnancy through Shelley's famous text.
An essay by David Collings presenting a Lacanian reading of the novel.

The Last Man

An essay by Richard S. Albright which assesses a number of readings before proposing that "the novel is permeated by narrative rhythms that work to complicate constantly the reader's perception of time". Includes analysis of several excerpts.
An academic article by Betty T. Bennett arguing that it is the Romanticism of The Last Man "that engenders significance both to the title of the work".
An essay by Daniel Schierenbeck of the University of Central Missouri exploring the relationships between religion, civilization, and imperialism in regards to this novel.
An academic article by Morton D. Paley discussing many aspects of The Last Man, including the context of its development and reactions of contemporary reviewers.

The Fortunes of Perkin Warbeck

An essay by Lidia Garbin assessing the influence of Sir Walter Scott on this novel.

Valperga

A paper by Daniel E. White presenting a reading of this novel asserting that it is primarily concerned with "Italy and the feminine". With analysis of several extracts.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Alastor

An essay by Linda Brigham of Kansas State University analyzing various aspects of this poem, with reference to the work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and others.

Mont Blanc

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'.

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

An essay by Forest Pyle of the University of Oregon which analyzes this poem, as well as discussing Shelley's self-imposed exile.

Henryk Sienkiewicz

Quo Vadis

An academic article by David Matual of Wright State University investigating and evaluating Sienkiewicz's attitude toward the Jews in his novel.

Clifford D. Simak

City

An essay by John Ower exploring the ambivalence which he believes characterizes this novel through an analysis of 'Aesop' and narrative structure.

Iain Sinclair

Downriver

In this paper Nick Bentley of Staffordshire University assesses the representation of urban environments in both this novel and Salman Rusdie's The Satanic Verses.

Ali Smith

Like

An essay by James Bailey of the University of Sheffield exploring Smith's debut novel using the academic concept of 'narrative identity' and theories of the self.

Zadie Smith

White Teeth

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, featuring a detailed analysis of Smith's novel, arguing that her portrayal of multicultural London employs "a conception of identity that has close resemblances to poststructuralist conceptions of the subject". With reference to works by Rushdie and Kureishi.
An essay by Supriya Nair, an Associate Professor at Tulane University, exploring various aspects of White Teeth, including the roles of several characters and their relationship to history and issues of identity.
Essay by Mark Shackleton discussing how food - seen here as a marker of national identity - features in this novel as well as works by Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie.
An extensive review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.

Ahdaf Soueif

Aisha

An essay by Hechmi Trabelsi of the Université de Tunis analzying the concept of 'transculturation' using the stories in Soueif's collection as a case study.

Robert Southey

Joan of Arc

An academic article by Catherine Addison of the University of Zululand which adopts a contextual approach to the study of this poem, showing how Southey was influenced by characters and events of the French Revolution in the portrayal of his protagonist.

Madoc

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.

Tale of Paraguay

An essay by Tim Fulford of Nottingham Trent University looking at the relationship between Christianity and colonialism in this poem, with several close readings.

Madame de Staël

Corinne

An essay by Ann T. Gardiner of the International University of Germany examining the relationship between this novel and Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath

An essay by Charles Cunningham exploring various political issues regarding Steinbeck's novel, asserting that it "arguably became a site of confrontation between the thirties anti-capitalist consciousness and the American racist tradition".
An article by John Seelye, a professor of American literature at the University of Florida, discussing the influence of this novel on Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood.

Stendhal

The Red and the Black

The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston analyzing what the term 'Romantic' means in relation to prose fiction and Stendhal's novel.
An in-depth review of the novel by Allen Barra for The New Republic.

Laurence Sterne

Tristam Shandy

An essay by Jo Alyson Parker exploring the narrative trajectory of this novel.
A paper by Kersti Juva of the University of Helsinki discussing some of the issues encountered when translating the novel into Finnish.

A Sentimental Journey

An academic article by Mary Newbould of Cambridge University exploring many aspects of Sterne's novel, with analysis of several extracts.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A scholarly article by Lisa Butler of Wilfrid Laurier University that builds on historicized readings of this novella which have focused on its engagement with the cultural developments of late-nineteenth-century Britain.
A paper by Jodey Castricano of the University of British Columbia exploring the nature of criminality through an analysis of composition, signatures and encryption in Stevenson's novella. With reference to the theories of Derrida and others.
An academic article by Nancy K. Gish discussing the role of the double in this novel.

Bram Stoker

Dracula

A paper by Marius Crisan of West University, presenting a reading of Stoker's famous novel from a mythical standpoint, with an overview of other critical assessments, including those of Elizabeth Miller and Stephen Arata, in regards to the relationship between Western and Eastern Europe in the narrative.
A substantial extract from the book Dracula: The Shade and the Shadow, edited by Elizabeth Miller, which assesses the extent to which Stoker was influenced by the historical figure of Vlad the Impaler in the creation of his famous Count.
A scholarly article by Maria Parsons asserting that "the nineteenth-century lunar influenced, fanged-vampire exploits age-old links between serpents, female sexuality and menstruation". Parsons focuses on the character of Lucy Westenra.
An essay by Elizabeth Miller, Professor Emerita at Memorial University, assessing a variety of readings regarding the sexological content of Stoker's novel.
An essay by Kristy Butler, University of Limerick, which explores the constructions of 'self' and 'other' in Stoker's novel, with reference to Žižek's notion of parallax, Edward Said’s seminal Orientialist critiques, and Freud's theories of the uncanny'.
An academic article by Gill Davies of Edge Hill College of Higher Education emphasizing the importance of location in Dracula's narrative, and how this corresponds with imperial and national anxieties.
An essay by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University examining the literary manifestions of scientific ideologies, including physiognomy, criminology, and sexology, in Dracula and The Lair of the White Worm. The essay references work by Havelock Ellis, Cesare Lombroso, W. B. Carpenter, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.
An essay by Eszter Muskovits of Eötvös Loránd University investigating the presence of homosexuality, fetishism, sadism and masochism in Stoker's novel.
A chapter from Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 by Christopher Craft, which explores, with reference to various theorists and several close readings, inversion and paranoia in Dracula.
In this essay Eleni Coundouriotis analyzes Stoker's narrative from a historical perspective, particularly the role of the Ottoman empire in Eastern European history and the hybrid indentification of Count Dracula.
A paper by Lars Kleberg discussing the implications of a constructivist analysis to Dracula, with reference to the work of Edward Said and others.

The Lair of the White Worm

An essay by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University examining the literary manifestions of scientific ideologies, including physiognomy, criminology, and sexology, in The Lair of the White Worm and Dracula. The essay references work by Havelock Ellis, Cesare Lombroso, W. B. Carpenter, and Richard von Krafft-Ebing.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Uncle Tom's Cabin

An essay by Monika Müller, University of Cologne, examining issues of race, gender and identity - both individual and social - in this novel, as well as the same author's Dred, and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda.
An academic article by Andrew Green of the University of Birmingham presenting a comparative analysis of this novel and Herman Melville's The Confidence Man.

Dred

An essay by Monika Müller, University of Cologne, examining issues of race, gender and identity - both individual and social - in this novel, as well as the same author's Uncle Tom's Cabin, and George Eliot's Daniel Deronda.

William Styron

Sophie's Choice

An essay by Sylive Mathé, Université de Provence, examining some of the ambiguities of Styron's revisionist approach to Auschwitz, drawing on concepts developed in works by Primo Levi and Giorgio Agamben.

Graham Swift

Tomorrow

An extensive review of this novel by Al Alvarez for The New York Review of Books.

Jonathan Swift

Gulliver's Travels

A paper by Richard Webster exploring the role played by the doctrine of Original Sin in Gulliver's Travels. Webster assesses various critical appraisals of Swift, including those of George Orwell, Theodore O. Wedel, Roland Mushat Frye, and Dr. Johnson.
A paper by Shirley Galloway examining Swift's use of satire in this novel through an analysis of structure and metaphor, a discussion of his attacks on politics and religion, and an exploration of his critique on the essence and flaws of human nature.
The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston on Gulliver's Travels.
An essay by Sue Bennett which examines several critical reactions to Swift's book.