THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Ubik
by Philip K. Dick

A paper by Peter Fitting which asserts this novel to be one of the most important works of 1960s science fiction. Fitting considers some of the factors which are employed in assessing a work's literary worth before illustrating how Dick undermines these.

Ulysses
by James Joyce

A chapter from Joyce in America: Cultural Politics and the Trials of Ulysses by Jeffrey Segall examining Joyce's political and aesthetic standpoints in comparison to contemporaneous writers.
An academic article by Richard Kearney, a professor at Boston College, on the depiction and function of epiphanies in this novel and Proust's Remembrance of Things Past.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
by Milan Kundera

An essay by Jeremy Wattles examining several characters and scenes as well as evaluating the role of Nietzsche's theories in the novel.

Uncle Silas
by Sheridan Le Fanu

An essay by Meyrav Koren-Kuik of Tel Aviv University which explores how Le Fanu in Uncle Silas and Dickens in Great Expectations bring Gothic conventions into the domestic sphere in their novels.
An essay by Gary William Crawford discussing religion, the supernatural, gender, and the nature of reality, in this novel and The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman.

Uncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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.

Underworld
by Don DeLillo

An In-depth article by Jesse Kavadlo of Fordham University analysing some of the themes of the novel.
An article by Robert Castle discussing DeLillo's novel in relation to the Clinton administration and news media. It features analysis of a variety of excerpts and comparisons to several films, notably Wag the Dog and Dr. Strangelove.
An academic article by Jennifer Pincott exploring the role of technology and science, or 'techno-science', in Underworld, and how this impacts on the novel's characters. There are frequent references to the ideas of various theorists, especially Marcuse, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Heidegger.
In this essay Randy Laist of the University of Connecticut looks at postmodern realisations of the apocalypse in the Prologue of Underworld.

Under the Volcano
by Malcolm Lowry

A paper by Jennifer Lawn arguing that this novel challenges received ideas of the roles of author, narrator and character in fiction. With the analysis of several excerpts, it explores focalization and the representation of consciousness.

Une Charogne
by Charles Baudelaire

A paper by Reuven Tsur, a Professor Emeritus at Tel Aviv University, presenting a detailed close reading of this poem, involving an exploration and application of the aesthetic models of Aristotle, Addison, Lessing, Coleridge and others.

The Unvanquished
by William Faulkner

A study by Homma Akio of Bayard's narrative and how Faulkner represents the civil war and avoids the race problem in this novel.