© 2002

Theorizing Muriel Spark

Gender, Race, Deconstruction

  • Martin McQuillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction ‘I Don’t Know Anything about Freud’: Muriel Spark Meets Contemporary Criticism

  3. Gender

  4. Race

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Eleanor Byrne
      Pages 113-126
  5. Deconstruction

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 230-245

About this book


Theorizing Muriel Spark is the first serious attempt to engage the writing of Muriel Spark in a sustained theoretical reading. It has a particular emphasis on gender, psychoanalysis, postcolonial and deconstructive reading strategies. Drawing together a range of significant names in the field of contemporary literature and critical theory (including Judith Roof, Susan Sellers, Bryan Cheyette, Patricia Duncker, Nicholas Royle, Willy Maley, Julian Wolfreys, and Helene Cixous) this collection of essays deals with the full range of Spark's literary output. It concludes with a new interview with Muriel Spark.


Bronte English literature gender Narrative Percy Bysshe Shelley

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin McQuillan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeedsUK

About the editors

ELEANOR BYRNE Lecturer in English, Manchester Metropolitan University BRYAN CHEYETTE Professor of English and Judaic Studies, University of Southampton HELENE CIXOUS Director of Studies, Centre d'Etudes Feminines, Universite de Paris VIII PATRICIA DUNCKER Senior Lecturer in English, University of Wales (Aberystwyth) ALAN FREEMAN Lecturer in British Literature and Literary Theory, Yeditepe University, Istanbul JEREMY IDLE Lecturer in English, Nene University College WILLY MALEY Professor of Renaissance Literature, University of Glasgow JUDITH ROOF Professor of English and Film Studies, Ann Arbour University, Michigan NICHOLAS ROYLE Professor of English Literature, University of Sussex SUSAN SELLERS Professor of English Literature, University of St Andrews JULIAN WOLFREYS Associate Professor of English, University of Florida

Bibliographic information


'...these diverse and engaging essays offer much-needed depth and substance to Spark criticism...Highly recommended...' - S.Pathak, Choice