Iris Murdoch: Texts and Contexts

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

EditorAnne Rowe, Avril Horner

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Using unpublished archive material, including correspondence and the many annotations Murdoch made to the books held in her Oxford library, this book offers fresh insights into Murdoch's work by placing it within a diversity of new contexts. It also reveals startling parallels between Murdoch's work and other literary and philosophical texts.

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Using unpublished archive material, including correspondence and the many annotations Murdoch made to the books held in her Oxford library, this book offers fresh insights into Murdoch's work by placing it within a diversity of new contexts. It also reveals startling parallels between Murdoch's work and other literary and philosophical...

ANNE ROWE is a reader in English and Director of the Centre of Iris Murdoch Studies at Kingston University, UK. She is Lead Editor of the Iris Murdoch Review and has published widely on Iris Murdoch. Publications include The Visual Arts and the Novels of Iris Murdoch (2002), Iris Murdoch: A Reassessment ed. (2006), Sacred Space, Belov...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230348289

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Table of Contents

Introduction; A.Rowe & A.HornerPART ONE: THEOLOGICAL AND VISIONARY CONTEXTS Iris Murdoch: A Case of Star-Friendship; D.CupittThe Visionary Aspects of Iris Murdoch's Philosophy; H.WiddowsPART II: POLITICS AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS Iris Murdoch and the Two Cultures: Science, Philosophy and the Novel; P.WaughIris Murdoch, Ian McEwan and the Place of the Political in Contemporary Fiction; A.Rowe & S.UpstonePART III: THE DERRIDEAN CONTEXTMurdoch and Derrida: Holding hands under the table; T.MilliganMurdoch, Derrida and The Black Prince; P.FiddesMinding the Gap: Mourning in the Work of Murdoch and Derrida; P.OsbornPART IV: CONTEXTS OF POWERIris Murdoch and Theodor Reik: Sado Masochism in The Black Prince; M.Luprecht

Iris Murdoch and Elias Canetti: Towards a Reassessment; E.MorleyPART V: LITERARY CONTEXTSThe 'wondrous necessary man': Canetti, The Unicorn and The Changeling; A.HornerA Post-Christian concept of Martyrdom and the Murdochian Chorus: The One Alone and T.S.Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral; F.WhiteLanguage, Memory and Loss: Kristevan Psychoanalytical Perspectives on Intertextual Connections in the Work of Iris Murdoch and John Banville; W.Vaizey PART VI: BIOGRAPHICAL CONTEXTSThe Influence of Childhood Reading on the Fiction of Iris Murdoch; J.SkinnerMurdoch on Film: 'Re-seeing Reality' in Richard Eyre's Iris (2001); A.RamonBibliographyIndex

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"A splendid collection, innovative and enlightening. The essays ably examine Iris Murdoch's work anew or afresh in a wide variety of contexts: biographical, cultural, theological, political, philosophical, psychological, scientific, deconstructionist, cinematic and intertextual. This book is a major contribution to Murdoch studies." - Priscilla Martin, University of Oxford, UK