THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Rabindranath Tagore

The Home and the World

A paper by Jyoti Panjwani exploring this novel and Aldous Huxley's Island. The focal point of the analysis is to enumerate the critical positions the authors take in regards to eastern and western ideologies and the potential for postcolonial utopias.

Kankal

An essay by Sumangala Bhattacharya, an Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, analyzing Tagore's use of the Gothic in this short story and 'Nishite' to explore gender relations in colonial Bengal.

Nishite

An essay by Sumangala Bhattacharya, an Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, analyzing Tagore's use of the Gothic in this short story and 'Kankal' to explore gender relations in colonial Bengal.

Amy Tan

The Kitchen God's Wife

A paper by Ana-Maria Petecila of the University of Bucharest examining how liminality is transformed into the centre and alterity into acceptance, by means of acculturation and deconstruction, in this novel and The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston.

The Joy Luck Club

An essay by Anna Blight discussing the representation of Chinese mothers and their American daughters in Tan's novel.

Jun'ichiro Tanizaki

The Tattooer

An essay by Clifford J. Kurkowski which applies reader-response theory, and the ideas of theorist David Bleich, in an analysis of this short story.

Alfred Tennyson

The Princess

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 Lady of Shalott

An essay by William R. McKelvy of Washington University relating Tennyson's poem to developments in Britain's industrial revolution. McKelvy also considers the poem's well-documented illustrations.
In this essay Erin Johnson examines the titular character of Tennyson's poem and Lily Briscoe from Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse.

Steve Tesich

Karoo

An essay by Jamie McCulloch of Fairleigh Dickinson University looking at the literary devices Tesich employs in this novel to convey comedy and tradegy in his picaresque narrative and protagonist; McCulloch also discusses works by Martin Amis, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Richard Russo.

William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair

An essay by Cree LeFavour of New York University which examines the character of Becky Sharp from within the context of a reaction to the cultural intentions of popular American domestic fiction.
An essay by Nicola Minott-Ahl exploring the London of Thackeray's novel as a fictional dystopia, with reference to the work of John Stuart Mill.

Pendennis

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".

Paul Theroux

The Mosquito Coast

An essay by Chandra N. exploring how the themes of innocence and experience are handled in this novel and William Golding's Lord of the Flies.

Colin Thubron

A Cruel Madness

An essay by Cornelia Wächter of Bielefeld University analyzing how the protagonist of this novel negotiates his environment, with reference to work by Michel de Certeau, Foucault, and others.

Colm Tóibín

The Master

A paper by Ágnes Zsófia Kovács of the University of Szeged looking at how gender issues, and the influence of Henry James's narratives, inform Tóibín's novel.

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit

A paper by Jonathan A. Glenn, a Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas, discussing the supposed presence of Beowulf in Tolkien's narrative, through an analysis of the novel's structure and development of plot and character.

The Lord of the Rings

A paper by Jeremy Kidwell of Regent College challenging the assertion that The Lord of the Rings is merely escapist fiction by highlighting Tolkien's commentary on technological developments. Kidwell discusses the narrative of the Dwarves as analogous to the scientific enterprise.
An essay by Lauri Linask of Tartu State University which evaluates the influence of Germanic and Scandinavian mythology, as well as Beowulf, on Tolkien's works.
An essay by Gene Hargrove looking at the role of Tom Bombadil in the novels.
In this essay Rahul Mitra examines how heroism is depicted in the novel through an assessment of Tolkien's world order and an appraisal of several principal characters.

Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

An in-depth article by Michael R. Katz discussing the subject of this novel in translation and its relevance to contemporary events.
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 Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Dickens's David Copperfield.
A paper by Razvan Ungureanu analyzing the development of Russian colonialism in War and Peace and several other works by Russian authors.

Anthony Trollope

Barchester Towers

An essay by Suzanne Rintoul of Kwantlen Polytechnic University which scrutinizes Trollope's representation of disability by looking at the character of Madeline Neroni and the implications her portrayal has on the narrative.

Ivan Turgenev

Fathers and Sons

An essay by Daniel L. Hocutt of the University of Richmond focusing on the Byronic roots of the character Yevgeny Bazarov, and the influence of Byron on this novel.

Mark Twain

Huckleberry Finn

The text of a lecture delivered by Ian Johnston on the novel.
A paper by Wilfred Cude examining Twain's novel in relation to Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. With analysis of several excerpts.