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Iris Murdoch

The Retrospective Fiction

Iris Murdoch by Bran Nicol
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This second edition of 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 which has in fact come to be typical of the posthumous reassessment of Murdoch. As well as expanding the concern with retrospection to take in detailed readings of other novels not dealt with in the original (The Bell, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, and The Philosopher's Pupil), this second edition also argues that the contradictions in Murdoch's conception of authorship are at the heart of her work. With two new chapters, a extensive postscript, and a new preface, the book now covers Murdoch's most important and popular novels and considers in more depth her relationship with the dominant literary and intellectual currents of her time.
Palgrave Macmillan; August 2004
224 pages; ISBN 9780230288584
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Title: Iris Murdoch
Author: Bran Nicol
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