Alkalay-Gut, Karen. “The Thing He Loves: Murder as Aesthetic Experience in ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol.’” Victorian Poetry 35, no. 3 (1987): 349-66.
Evaluates Wilde's poem as it relates to the rest of his work; suggesting that Wilde underestimates the brutality of the murder he describes as he shifts between symbolism and realism.
Bagby, Lewis. “Dostoyevsky's ‘Notes from a Dead House’: the Poetics of the Introductory Paragraph.” Modern Language Review 81 (1986): 139-52.
Discusses how the novel's introduction mediates between fiction and experience and traces its themes of grace and...
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