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Understanding Iris Murdoch

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A dominant figure of postwar British literature, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) wrote more than twenty-five novels, a collection of poems, and a half-dozen philosophical studies..In Understanding Iris Murdoch, Cheryl Bove divides Murdoch's work into two broad categories-the ironic tragedy and the bittersweet comedy-to examine the reasons why her work continues to attract such a large following. A writer of consistently readable novels who fashions gripping narratives and vivid characters, Murdoch presents readers with ...
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Overview

A dominant figure of postwar British literature, Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) wrote more than twenty-five novels, a collection of poems, and a half-dozen philosophical studies..In Understanding Iris Murdoch, Cheryl Bove divides Murdoch's work into two broad categories-the ironic tragedy and the bittersweet comedy-to examine the reasons why her work continues to attract such a large following. A writer of consistently readable novels who fashions gripping narratives and vivid characters, Murdoch presents readers with moral problems upon which she allows her audience to pass judgment. Bove summarizes Murdoch's work not as an effort to advance a cause, expand a philosophy, or portray a society, but to present human relationships and solve fictional problems of plot and theme.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570039829
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Cheryl K. Bove is author of A Character Index and Guide to the Fiction of Iris Murdoch and coauthor of Iris Murdoch: A Descriptive Primary and Annotated Secondary Bibliography and Sacred Space, Beloved City: Iris Murdoch's London.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Ch. 1 The Modern Realist 1
Ch. 2 Moral Philosophy and Aesthetics 20
Ch. 3 Early Major Works (1954-1962) 36
Ch. 4 Major Works of the Middle Period (1968-1973) 58
Ch. 5 Later Major Works (1978-1980) 83
Ch. 6 Latest Works (1983-1989) 103
Ch. 7 Other Novels and Plays 133
Ch. 8 The Gothic 166
Ch. 9 Conclusion 190
Bibliography 197
Index 207
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