Comprehension Through the Smoke, Awareness Beyond the Glasses in A Confederacy of Dunces

In his novel A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole casts Burma Jones in a stereotypical role in society. By hiding Jones’ face behind space-age sunglasses and a cloud of smoke, Toole maintains Jones’ ambiguity while gradually diverging from his stereotype. During Jones’ employment at the Night of Joy bar, he knows his limitations regarding … Read moreComprehension Through the Smoke, Awareness Beyond the Glasses in A Confederacy of Dunces

Ignatius and Irene: Partnership and Polarization

Ignatius and Irene: Partnership and Polarizationby Daniel G. DolgicerDecember 07, 2005Familial bonds add arresting dimensions to even the most torturously mundane of novels. The literary options are truly myriad; family ties can represent both complexity and simplicity, and provide characters with both adversity and appeasement. The intricate interaction between mother and son has particularly saturated … Read moreIgnatius and Irene: Partnership and Polarization

Ignatius J. Reilly and His Confederacy of Unforgettable Supporting Characters

More than a few critics, academics, scholars and just plain average book readers have declared a winner in the title of funniest novel ever written by an American author: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. This remarkable novel would likely have become one of the legendary efforts of American fiction even without its … Read moreIgnatius J. Reilly and His Confederacy of Unforgettable Supporting Characters