THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Valperga
by Mary Shelley

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.

The Vampire Lestat
by Anne Rice

An essay by Shirley Galloway taking both a marxist and cultural critical approach to this novel. The analysis includes a pyschoanalytic appraisal of the protagonist.

The Vampyre
by John Polidori

An essay by Mair Rigby of Cardiff University which explores this early vampire story and Polidori's relationship with Byron whose 'Fragment' it partially derives.

Vanity Fair
by William Makepeace Thackeray

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.

Vermilion Sands
by J.G. Ballard

An article by William M. Schuyler, Jr. examining the stories in this collection from a psychoanalytic standpoint with particular reference to Jungian theories.

Vertigo
by W.G. Sebald

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

Victory
by Joseph Conrad

An academic article by Ian Robinson discussing this novel and various critical responses to it from, among others, F.R. Leavis, E.M. Forster, and Dwight H. Purdy.

Vile Bodies
by Evelyn Waugh

An academic article by Denise O'Dea which considers this novel as a parody of conventional romance as opposed to comedy or satire. The text is compared with Stephen Fry's film adaptation and several excerpts are analyzed.

The Village Minstrel
by John Clare

An article by Bridget Keegan of Creighton University. It focuses on several aspects of both the poem and Clare's circumstances at the time of its composition, such as his relationship with popular culture and desire for literary acceptance.

The Village in the Jungle
by Leonard Woolf

A scholarly article by Mark A. Wollaeger of Washington University mainly exploring the influence of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness on this novel and its subsequent impact on Virginia Woolf's The Voyage Out.

Villette
by Charlotte Brontë

A chapter from Caught in the Act by Joseph Litvak, a book exploring the theatricality in the nineteenth-century English novel. This chapter looks at authority and subversion in Brontë's novel, with reference to readings by several prominent theorists.
An essay by Anne Longmuir of Kansas State University which builds on contemporary Victorian accounts of emigrating spinsters for an analysis of the heroine of this novel and her relationship to English national identity.
An academic article by Nicole Bush which explores the role of fashion in this novel and the extent to which its narrator employs her choice of dress in negotiating foreign environments. With references to the work of Sara T. Bernstein and others.
A scholarly article by Diane Long Hoeveler of Marquette University featuring a largely socio-historic analysis of the employment and critique of Gothic tropes in Villette.
Essay by Anna Marutollo of McGill University on the de-construction of the domestic and the re-construction of Empire in Villette and George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.

Vineland
by Thomas Pynchon

In this essay by Peter Baker of Towson State University examining the postmodern concerns of this novel, as well as Don DeLillo's Mao II and Neil Jordan's film The Crying Game.
In this essay, James Berger of George Mason University looks at the role of nostalgia in Pynchon's novel.
A paper by Márk Kaposvári of the University of Szeged, looking at satire in this novel and Pynchon's portrayal of its characters.
An essay by Bruce A. Sullivan exploring this novel's treatment of the postmodern concept of 'master-narratives', with analysis of the text.

Visions of the Daughters of Albion
by William Blake

This essay by Kevin Hutchings of the University of Northern British Columbia takes an in-depth primarily sociohistorical approach to the study of Blake's poem.
An essay by Lisa Crafton of the University of West Georgia investigating the parallels between Blake's poem and the Jephthah story from the Book of Judges.

Voyages Extraordinaires
by Jules Verne

An essay by Arthur B. Evans exploring Verne's literary allusions, the intertextual aspects of this series of novels, and influences, particularly Cooper, Scott and Poe.
In this essay Arthur B. Evans explores the role of the illustrations in Verne's novel.

The Voyage Out
by Virginia Woolf

A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, examining plot and characterization of Woolf's seemingly conventional first novel.
A scholarly article by Mark A. Wollaeger of Washington University mainly exploring the influence of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness on this novel and Leonard Woolf's earlier The Village in the Jungle.