These are some of my critical essays. They are mostly on literary texts, but a few also discuss religion and philosophy. I welcome any and all feedback. E-mail me at

A Passage to India (selected passage)
The Book of Chuang Tzu
Joseph Conrad: The Sense of Self
George Eliot: Silas Marner
Eliot, Stowe, and the Unjust Society
The Last Stop: Blanche's Breakdown
Marlow and Mrs. Moore
The Meaning of Death in Buddhism
John Stuart Mill's On Liberty: Only for the Exceptional Few
Mrs. Dalloway (selected passage)
Plato's Symposium
The Razor's Edge
Richard Wright: Native Son
"Spain 1937" (selected passage)
The Symbolic Frame of The Turn of the Screw
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Women of Richard III

Here are several graduate-level essays:

Anne Rice's Vampire for These Times
Blake's Poetic Myth of Transformation
The Casuistry of George Eliot
Charles Dickens: Bleak House
Imperialism: An Inglorious Enterprise
Irish Nationalism: Themes of Survival
   and Transcendence in Modern Irish Literature
V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men
Swift's Moral Satire in Gulliver's Travels
The Satanic Verses and the Nature of Infernal Wisdom
Three Restoration Comedies

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Note: All essays written by Shirley Galloway.
Copyright dates appear at the end of each essay.