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Iris Murdoch

The Retrospective Fiction


About this book


Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction considers one of the major British novelists of the post-war years in a new light, arguing that Murdoch's compulsive plots and characters are strongly motivated by the question of the past. Drawing on many of her key works, and providing the first analysis of her 'first-person retrospective' novels as a separate group within the larger body of her fiction, the book also considers Murdoch's relation to key currents within twentieth-century thought, like modernism. postmodernism, and psychoanalysis.


fiction Modernism novel postmodernism realism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University College PortsmouthUK

About the authors

BRAN NICOL is Lecturer in English at University College, Chichester.

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