THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Washing Day
by Anna Letitia Barbauld

An essay by Elizabeth Kraft of University of Georgia which assess several readings of this poem as well as looking at its subject matter and use of imagery.
A general analysis of 'Washing Day' by Candyce Klin of Cedar Crest College.

Watch the North Wind Rise
by Robert Graves

An academic article by Robert H. Canary which relates cultural philosopher Tzvetan Todorov's idea of the 'fantastic' to the duality of this novel's framework.

The Wanderer
by Frances Burney

An essay by Tamara Wagner, a Junior Fellow at the National University of Singapore, which views this text as a reaction to the nationalist agenda of many Romantic novels.

War and other Measures
by Gary Geddes

An analysis of this poem by Donald R. Bartlett with many close readings.

War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy

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.

The Waste Land
by T.S. Eliot

An essay by Todd Williams of Kent State University exploring the relationship between Eliot's allusions to James Frazer's anthropological work The Golden Bough and Renaissance drama, and how this potentially effects readings of The Waste Land.
A paper by Jian-kuang Lin discussing Eliot's representation of women and femininity in The Waste Land and 'Hysteria', with reference to Freud, Josef Breuer, and others.

Waverley
by Sir Walter Scott

An essay by Jeffrey Scraba of Rutgers University examining the development of the historical novel, using Waverley as a case study, and how Scott engages with the theories and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment.
An article by Christopher Rollason exploring the influence of Scottish, or Celtic, culture on the narrative of Scott's first published novel.

The Waves
by Virginia Woolf

An essay by Josiane Paccaud-Huguet exploring the relationship between epiphany and melancholy in this novel, with reference to Kristeva, Lacan and others.
A chapter from The Flight of the Mind: Virginia Woolf's Art and Manic-Depressive Illness by Thomas C. Caramagno, discussing the intrasubjective factos and plurality of this novel.
A paper by Joseph Flanagan of the University of Helsinki which analyzes this novel through the relationship between British history and the Empire. The paper assesses several critical appraisals and features a couple of close readings.

A Way in the World
by V.S. Naipaul

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.

Welcome to Hard Times
by E.L. Doctorow

A paper by Arthur Jaupaj of the University of New York exploring the rise of the new Western in the 1960s through an extensive analysis of Doctorow's short novel.

The Well of Loneliness
by Radclyffe Hall

An essay by Tara Prince-Hughes of Pierce College which explores the nature and relationship of gender and sexuality in regards to this novel through the perspective of Native American gender traditions.
An essay by Chris Coffman, an Associate Professor at the University of Alaska, comparing the depiction of transgender individuals in this novel and Virginia Woolf's fantastical Orlando, with an evaluation of various readings by Jay Prosser, Judith Halberstam, and others.

What We All Long For
by Dionne Brand

A paper by Kit Dobson of the University of Guelph looking at communities through an analysis of this novel's protagonists: Tuyen, Carla, Jackie, and Oku.
An essay by Pavlina Radia of the University of Toronto exploring the representation of Otherness and Transnational Memory in this novel and Salman Rushdie's Fury.

When We Were Orphans
by Kazuo Ishiguro

An academic paper by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, which analyzes this novel in great depth. Although many aspects are covered, perhaps the most prominent is Ishiguro's employment of non-realist modes.

Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
by Joyce Carol Oates

A psychological analysis of this short story's central character by Clifford J. Kurkowski.

A Whistling Woman
by A.S. Byatt

An in-depth review of the novel by Lorraine Adams for The New Republic.

White Noise
by Don DeLillo

An essay by Tim Engles, an assistant professor at Eastern Illinois University, examining the issue of white racial identity in DeLillo's novel.
A paper by Jiann-guang Lin investigating the role of technology in White Noise, arguing that DeLillo's narrative is essentially postmodern, reading the novel from a science fiction context, and exploring issues of identity in an information society.
A paper by Jonathan F. Bassett, an Assistant Professor at Lander University, which draws on the psychological theories of Ernest Becker and Robert Jay Lifton for an exploration of the protagonist of White Noise.
An academic article by Bradley Butterfield of the University of Wisconsin which provides a Baudrillardian reading of DeLillo's postmodern novel.
In this academic article Haidar Eid of Rand Afrikaans University assesses the characters and themes of White Noise with particular attention to Baudrillard's concept of simulacra.
An essay by Paul Privateer of Arizona State University analyzing DeLillo's novel from within the context of how advertising media impacts on society.

The White Peacock
by D.H. Lawrence

A paper by Ollie Taylor of Durham University exploring this novel and Lady Chatterley's Lover. Topics discussed are perception, communication and body language; with analysis of several extracts.

The White Plague
by Frank Herbert

In this essay Ellen Feehan explores Herbert's literary employment of Irish history and Celtic mythology to subtly comment on contemporary ideology.

White Teeth
by Zadie Smith

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, featuring a detailed analysis of Smith's novel, arguing that her portrayal of multicultural London employs "a conception of identity that has close resemblances to poststructuralist conceptions of the subject". With reference to works by Rushdie and Kureishi.
An essay by Supriya Nair, an Associate Professor at Tulane University, exploring various aspects of White Teeth, including the roles of several characters and their relationship to history and issues of identity.
Essay by Mark Shackleton discussing how food - seen here as a marker of national identity - features in this novel as well as works by Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie.
An extensive review of the novel by James Wood for The New Republic.

Wide Sargasso Sea
By Jean Rhys

A paper by Sylvie Maurel, examining how the uncanny motifs of Caribbean Gothic in Rhys's novel engage with her treatment of colonial history, as well as the narrative's intertextual relationship with Jane Eyre; with reference to the work of David Punter, Gayatri Spivak, and others.
An essay by Charles Sarvan of the University of Bahrain, presenting a reading of this novel from the perspective of movement and alienation, with reference to Foucault.
An academic article by Eileen Williams-Wanquet examining the ways in which the characters of Wide Sargasso Sea are trapped by the ideological discourse of Brontë's Jane Eyre and its attempts to break free from a patriarchal narrative.
An essay by Nalini Paul, University of Glasgow, which applies the cinematic concept of 'gaze', in relation to feminist film theory, to a reading of Rhys's novel
An essay by Patricia Gott, an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, discussing female captivity and empowerment in relation to Wide Sargasso Sea, as well as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca.
In this essay Jennifer P. Nesbitt, an Assistant Professor at Penn State York, investigates the presence of decolonization in Rhys's novel and The Flint Anchor by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Wife
by Bharati Mukherjee

An academic article by R. S. Krishnan of North Dakota State University discussing this novel's protagonist and their interaction with feminist discourse and cultural space. With reference to works by Elaine Showalter, Raymond Williams and others.
An academic article by Jenni Valjento exploring the concept of isolation in Mukherjee's novel, with observations from Edward Said, and several critical assessments.
In this essay, Archana Trivedi analyzes Mukherjee's depiction of neurosis, particularly in relation to cultural conflict, in Dimple, this novel's immigrant protagonist.

William Wilson
by Edgar Allan Poe

Academic article by Patrick Labriola looking at the role of the double in this short story and Hoffmann's The Devil's Elixirs, with reference to Freud's essay "The Uncanny".

The Wind
by Dorothy Scarborough

An essay by Sherry Zivley of the University of Houston looking at the relationship between dust storms, isolation and madness in this novel, with assessment of other critical readings.

Winter Sun
by Margaret Avison

An essay by J.M. Zezulka analysing the poems in this collection.

Wives and Daughters
by Elizabeth Gaskell

In this essay, Lisieux Huelman of Saint Louis University examines the depiction of professional men in Gaskell's novel, as well as the relationship between her work and the periodical press.

The Woodlanders
by Thomas Hardy

A chapter from a thesis by Holly Davis of the University of Otago, exploring Hardy's relationship with Romanticism, his disillusion with the modern world, and how this influenced the narrative of this novel.

Woman Between Mirrors
by Helena Parente Cunha

An academic article by Michael Hardin of Bloomsburg University exploring how this novel, as well as Sylvia Molloy's Certificate of Absence and Jeanette Winterson's Written on the Body, challenges binary constructions.

Woman Hollering Creek
by Sandra Cisneros

In this essay Alexandra Fitts of the University of Alaska looks at feminine archetypes in this short story collection.

The Woman in White
By Wilkie Collins

An essay by S. Brooke Cameron, an Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University, Ontario, exploring the influence of 18th century amatory fiction, such as the novels of Eliza Haywood, on Collins's gender depictions, particularly Marian Halcombe, the heroine of his novel.
In this essay, Philipp Erchinger of the University of Exeter, examines Collins's narrative technique of employing several first person narrators.

The Woman Warrior
by Maxine Hong Kingston

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 Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan.
An essay by Shu-ching Chen exploring the pressures authors experience to reflect the identity of their ethnic community, taking Kingston's novel as a case study.

Women in Love
by D.H. Lawrence

An essay by Stephen Rowley, Université de Bordeaux I, exploring how Lawrence set out to incorporate developments in psychoanalytic theory and various European cultural movements into his narrative, as well as surveying a number of critical assessments of the novel.
An essay by Joyce Carol Oates providing an extensive analysis of the characters and themes of this novel.
A chapter from Another Kind of Love: Male Homosexual Desire in English Discourse, 1850-1920 by Christopher Craft discussing the novel with reference to a variety of excerpts.

Wonder Boys
by Michael Chabon

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

Written on the Body
by Jeanette Winterson

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, which examines a range of aspects regarding this novel, including the language Winterson employs and linguistic difficulties she counters, as well as the book's critical reception.
An academic article by Michael Hardin of Bloomsburg University exploring how this novel, as well as Sylvia Molloy's Certificate of Absence and Helena Parente Cunha's Woman Between Mirrors, challenges binary constructions.

Wuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë

An article by Joyce Carol Oates originally published in Critical Inquiry. Oates discusses many aspects of the novel but states that it is chiefly 'an assured demonstration of the finite and tragically self-consuming nature of "passion."'
An essay by Yukari Oda, a lecturer at the Fukui University of Technology, exploring the influence of the Gothic on Brontë in her portrayal of the female characters in Wuthering Heights. With analysis of several excerpts.
An essay by Brian Olszewski of Michigan State University analyzing narratorial interplay in Brontë's novel with reference to Reading for the Plot by Peter Brooks.
Essay by Jennifer Beauvais of Montreal University considering various modes of the Gothic and how they are utilized in Wuthering Heights and Charlotte Dacre's Zofloya.
A paper by Cristina Ceron investigating the role of the Byronic hero in Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. In particular, Ceron looks at the influence of Byron's Manfred on the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine.
In this essay Robin DeRosa of Tufts University investigates the presence of Sadomasochism within a study of the principal characters, as well as drawing on Freudian and Lacanian theories for an analysis of Brontë's novel.
In this paper, Susan E. James explores similarities and differences between Emily Brontë's novel and Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden.
A substantial article from the Victorian Web looking at 'family systems theory', and addiction, and Wuthering Heights.
An article from the Victorian Web by John P. Farrell, a Professor of English at University of Texas discussing the role of dreams in Brontë's novel.