THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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V.S. Naipaul Literary Criticism

In a Free State

An academic article by Derek Wright of Northern Territory University examining the various ontological modes Naipaul employs and their relationship to the structural forms of his Booker Prize winning novel.

A House for Mr Biswas

A scholarly article by Razif Bin Bahari which looks closely at the struggle of the colonized subject to achieve a sense of self and identity. With analysis of several excerpts of the novel.
An essay by Sumitra Kukreti analysing Naipaul's handling of his protagonist, the isolated Mohun Biswas, and his attempts to overcome his alienation.

The Mystic Masseur

An essay by Barbara Lalla, a Professor at The University of the West Indies, exploring the reader's relationship with Naipaul's construction of "nothingness" in this novel.

The Mimic Men

An essay by Shirley Galloway analyzing the experiences of the protagonist of this novel and how these reflect on colonized peoples.

A Way in the World

An essay by Rhonda Cobham-Sander, a professor at Amherst College, providing several readings of this novel while taking into account the notion of an author's critical legacy being of both thematic concern and stylistic innovation.

Half a Life

An extensive review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.