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.
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.
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.
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 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.