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There are 11 critical essays on Barbara Kingsolver.

Critical Essays on Barbara Kingsolver
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Critical Essay by Maureen Ryan
4,367 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, Ryan provides an overview of the major themes and critical reception of Kingsolver's novels. According to Ryan, Kingsolver's “aggressively politically correct” fiction is undermined by elements of sentimentality and implicit reversions to traditional values.
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Interview by Barbara Kingsolver with Lisa See
1,995 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following interview, Kingsolver comments on her life, work, and sociopolitical preoccupations.
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Critical Review by Lorraine Elena Roses
1,382 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Roses offers qualified praise for Another America.
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Critical Review by Eleanor J. Bader
1,111 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following review, Bader offers positive assessment of Holding the Line.
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Interview by Barbara Kingsolver with Sarah Lyall
1,092 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following interview, Kingsolver discusses her life, literary beginnings, and Pigs in Heaven.
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Critical Review by Marc W. Steinberg
875 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Steinberg offers positive evaluation of Holding the Line.
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Critical Review by Dorothy Sue Cobble
727 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Cobble offers favorable evaluation of Holding the Line.
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Critical Review by Travis Silcox
712 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Silcox offers positive assessment of Pigs in Heaven, though notes that “the novel suffers from a midpoint flatness.”
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Critical Review by Bill Mahin
580 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Mahin offers positive assessment of Homeland and Other Stories.
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Critical Review by Christopher Lehmann-Haupt
523 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Lehmann-Haupt offers tempered assessment of Pigs in Heaven, praising Kingsolver's prose and humor though finding fault in the novel's lack of moral tension.
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Critical Review by Mary Scott
457 words, approx. 2 pages
In the following review, Scott offers favorable assessment of Pigs in Heaven.


Works by the Author

There are 18 critical essays on literary works by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Animal Dreams

Pigs in Heaven

The Poisonwood Bible



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