THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Naked Lunch
by William S. Burroughs

An essay by Fiona Paton, State University of New York, which interprets Burrough's infamous novel from a Gothic perspective, examining its narrative from within the political and sociocultural context of 1950s America.
In this essay Stephen Sheehan explores how the various compositional processes and early critical presences that shaped Naked Lunch problematise a critical approach to the text.
A chapter from Wising Up the Marks: The Amodern William Burroughs by Timothy S. Murphy, exploring the negative dialectics of Naked Lunch. It mainly comprises a comparitive analysis of the book and film.
An essay by Carol Loranger of Wright State University which relates the story of the production of Naked Lunch to its initial reception, assessing differences between various editions of the novel from a mainly textual standpoint.

The Name of the Rose
by Umberto Eco

An academic article by Erik Ketzan examining the similarities and influence of several works by Jorge Luis Borges on this novel.

Nana
by Émile Zola

An essay by Deborah B. Beyer discussing gender representation in this novel.

The Natural Histories
by Christopher Dewdney

An essay by Christian Bok exploring this work.

Nervous Conditions
by Tsitsi Dangarembga

An essay by Salumeh Eslamieh looking at the representation of 'multinational hybridity' in this novel.

Neuromancer
by William Gibson

An essay by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. which revolves around the observation that Gibson's SF language "simultaneously expresses a lyricism of estrangement, and an allegory of the present." The essay originally appeared in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.
An essay by Wendy Wahl of the University of Vermont which investigates the relationship between humans and machines, especially in regards to Gibson's novel, and how some of this subject's themes are anticipated in psychotherapy, with reference to Freud's famous case study of 'Dora'.

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro

James Wood's detailed review of the novel, with discussions of several scenes.

New Goose
by Lorine Niedecker

An essay by Elizabeth Willis asserting that Niedecker's poetry is characterized by tensions between an individual voice and broader documentary impulse. Similarities between her work and the films of Sergei Eisenstein are also considered.

The New York Trilogy
by Paul Auster

A thesis by Chris Pace exploring the books which comprise this trilogy. A central theme is how the reader engages with the text.
An essay by Nicholas Dawson which seeks to distinguish the identity of the author and character in Auster's trilogy as well as examining how they relate to each other.

Nicholas Nickleby
by Charles Dickens

An essay by Professor Kébir Sandy exploring the presence of theatricality and the influence of popular entertainment on Dickens in this novel, as well as other early Dickens works such as Sketches by Boz, The Pickwick Papers, and Oliver Twist.

The Nigger of the 'Narcissus'
by Joseph Conrad

An essay by Stephen Ross, an associate professor at the University of Victoria, looking at the role of fetishization in this novella and Conrad's engagement with ancien régime values.

Night Geometry & the Garscadden Trains
by A.L. Kennedy

An essay by Tudor Balinisteanu of the University of Glasgow exploring the short stories in this collection.

Night Train
by Martin Amis

A paper by María Jesús Martínez-Alfaro, a Senior Lecturer at The University of Zaragoza, evaluating Amis's novel as an example of metaphysical detective fiction.

Nights at the Circus
by Angela Carter

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, exploring various themes - such as the nature of fictional narrative - in Carter's penultimate novel.
A paper by Wendy O'Brien, a lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University, analyzing various aspects of this novel, in particular the protagonists relationship in regards to Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque rebirth.
An essay by Mine Özyurt Kılıç of Bilkent University discussing the role of the fin de siècle 'New Woman' in Nights at the Circus, with reference to Plato's Phaedrus.
'The Ravished Reader': A very big critical analysis by Marita Kristiansen of the University of Bergen, spread over several chapters.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
by George Orwell

A paper by Douglas Kellner analyzing Orwell's critique of totalitarian communism in 1984. Kellner looks at the language and politics employed in the novel and also makes comparisons with the theories and ideas of Herbert Marcuse.
An essay by Matthew Schneider of High Point University exploring the various functions of Newspeak, in an analysis that argues against Generative Anthropology, and examines in particular the character Emmanuel Goldstein - Ingsoc's arch-enemy.
An essay by Malcolm Pittock exploring many aspects of the novel, including contextual and biographical influences; analysis of the central protagonist and several scenes, as well as close readings of numerous extracts.
An essay by L. J. Hurst featuring a comparativie analysis of this novel and John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids.
Article by Robert McCrum for The Guardian newspaper about the creation of the novel.

Nishite
by Rabindranath Tagore

An essay by Sumangala Bhattacharya, an Assistant Professor at Pitzer College, analyzing Tagore's use of the Gothic in this short story and 'Kankal' to explore gender relations in colonial Bengal.

No Fixed Address
by Aritha van Herk

An essay by Katherine Miller looking at female characters and social constructions of "gendered space" in this novel and The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee.

No Longer At Ease
by Chinua Achebe

A paper by Ian H. Munro of William Jewell College examining some of the implications of applying intertextual theory to postcolonial literature, with reference to this novel and Achebe's non-fiction work Home and Exile.
A paper by Harry Olufunwa which explores a perceived correlation between ethnicity and geographical space in this novel and Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth.

Northanger Abbey
by Jane Austen

An essay looking at the nature of the narrator, by Henry N. Rogers III, professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas.
An essay by Nicola Cummins of the University of Otago, looking at the role of the "sympathetic imagination" in the novel. It asserts that how the heroine regulates this quality is at the heart of Northanger Abbey and all Austen's work.
A scholarly article by Anthony Mandal of Cardiff University called 'Revising the Radcliffean Model'. It explores how the work of Ann Radcliffe impacted on Northanger Abbey and Clermont - a Gothic novel by Regina Maria Roche.

Not Being Miriam
by Marion May Campbell

A paper by Valerie Spence on the representations of subjectivity in this novel, with an investigation of the theories of British philosopher Peter Dews, and reference to the work of Lacan, Derrida, Merleau-Ponty and others.