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Drawing together a range of significant names in the field of contemporary literature and critical theory, this collection of essays explores the full range of Spark's literary output. It places particular emphasis on gender, psychoanalysis, post-colonial, and deconstructive reading strategies and concludes with a new interview with Muriel Spark

Author Biography: Martin McQuillan is Lecturer in Cultural Theory and Analysis, University of Leeds

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Overview

Drawing together a range of significant names in the field of contemporary literature and critical theory, this collection of essays explores the full range of Spark's literary output. It places particular emphasis on gender, psychoanalysis, post-colonial, and deconstructive reading strategies and concludes with a new interview with Muriel Spark

Author Biography: Martin McQuillan is Lecturer in Cultural Theory and Analysis, University of Leeds

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...these diverse and engaging essays offer much-needed depth and substance to Spark criticism...Highly recommended...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230567009
  • Publisher: Palgrave-UK-USA
  • Publication date: 12/18/2001
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author

Martin McQuillan is Lecturer in Cultural Theory and Analysis, University of Leed

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: 'I Don't Know Anything about Freud': Muriel Spark Meets Contemporary Criticism 1
Pt. I Gender
1 Tales of Love: Narcissism and Idealization in The Public Image 35
2 The Future Perfect's Perfect Future: Spark's and Duras's Narrative Drive 49
3 The Suggestive Spectacle: Queer Passions in Bronte's Villette and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 67
4 In Bed with Muriel Spark: Mourning, Metonymy and Autobiography 78
Pt. II Race
5 Writing against Conversion: Muriel Spark the Gentile Jewess 95
6 Muriel Spark Shot in Africa 113
7 A Bit of the Other: Symposium, Futility and Scotland 127
Pt. III Deconstruction
8 Muriel Spark's Uselessness 141
9 Muriel Spark's Mary Shelley: A Gothic and Liminal Life 155
10 Not to Deconstruct? Righting and Deference in Not to Disturb 170
11 Memento Mori 189
12 Grimacing Catholicism: Muriel Spark's Macabre Farce and Muriel Spark's Latest Novel: The Public Image 204
13 'The Same Informed Air': An Interview with Muriel Spark 210
A Muriel Spark Bibliography 230
Index 242
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