A Companion to Under the Volcano

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 485 pages
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An item-by-item discussion of the innumerable, often obscure details of Malcolm Lowry's novel, this book comprises 1,600 notes covering some 7,000 specific points. The notes are keyed to page numbers in the Penguin paperback and the two standard hardback editions. The appendices include a glossary, bibliography, maps of the region, and an index of motifs.

In their comprehensive but unpedantic commentary on the novel's complexities, the authors' emphasis is on the narrative level. All points of obscurity are followed by an interpretation of fact. Thus references are noted to films, books, places, foreign languages, and national and tribal histories. Special attention is given to the literary, mystical, and Mexican background.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
76
Chapter Three
102
Chapter Four
142
Chapter Five
185
Chapter Six
213
Chapter Seven
271
Chapter Eight
309
Chapter Nine
323
Chapter Ten
340
Chapter Eleven
394
Chapter Twelve
415
Appendices
447
Index
461
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About the author (2011)

Chris Ackerley is a lecturer in the English department of the University of Otago, New Zealand. Lawrence J. Clipper is a professor in the English department at Indiana University, South Bend.

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