THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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William Godwin Literary Criticism

Caleb Williams

A scholarly article by Quentin Bailey, San Diego State University, which argues that Godwin's concerns in this novel regarding criminal justice were inspired by the justicial reforms which followed in the wake of the Gordon Riots of 1780.
A chapter from Nerves and Narratives: A Cultural History of Hysteria in 19th-Century British Prose by Peter Melville Logan, examining the structure and narrative voice Godwin employs in this novel.
An essay by Thomas Pfau, an Associate Professor at Duke University, discussing thematic similarities between this novel, Blake's The Book of Urizen, and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason.