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Iris Murdoch : The Retrospective Fiction - Bran Nicol

Iris Murdoch

The Retrospective Fiction

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Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction traces the preoccupation in Murdoch's fiction with the way the past makes its mark upon us, haunting us and eluding our attempts to grasp it. This argument was given an extra resonance by the death of Murdoch after Alzheimer's disease in 1999, when the book was first published - a curious blurring of life and work typical of the posthumous reassessment of Murdoch. This new edition includes detailed readings of novels not discussed in the original ( The Bell, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine , and The Philosopher's Pupil ) and includes a new preface, an updated bibliography and three new chapters covering Murdoch's most important and popular novels, considering in more depth her relationship with the dominant literary and intellectual currents of her time.

'...lucid, insightful and well-documented.' - David Herman, Modern Fiction Studies



'...[Nicol] offers a fresh and valuable perspective on many of [Murdoch's 'retrospective fictions'] distinctive features...an interesting and lucid book about Murdoch's narrators, a subject that has not had proper attention...' - George Soule, The Iris Murdoch Newsletter



'Nicol's is an important voice in Murdoch criticism, at first glance maverick, but essentially original and challenging, and it is very good to have his study with us, brought up-to-date.' - Peter J. Conradi, author of the acclaimed official biography, Iris Murdoch: A Life

Reviews for the first edition:



'...lucid, insightful and well-documented' - David Herman, Modern Fiction Studies



'...[Nicol] offers a fresh and valuable perspective on many of [Murdoch's 'retrospective fictions'] distinctive features...an interesting and lucid book about Murdoch's narrators, a subject that has not had proper attention...' - George Soule, The Iris Murdoch Newsletter

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Revisiting the Sublime and the Beautiful: Iris Murdoch's Realismp. 1
The Insistence of the Pastp. 31
Author and Hero: Murdoch's First-Person Retrospective Novelsp. 52
Reading Past Truth: Under the Net and The Black Princep. 77
The Writing Cure: A Severed Head and A Word Childp. 99
The Ambivalence of Coming Home: The Italian Girl and The Sea, the Seap. 123
Notesp. 145
Select Bibliography and Referencesp. 155
Indexp. 162
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ISBN: 9781403916648
ISBN-10: 1403916640
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 201
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised