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‘Liberation Through Art’: Form and Transformation in Murdoch’s Fiction

  • Rebecca Moden
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Part of the Philosophers in Depth book series (PID)

Abstract

Moden analyses how Murdoch’s efforts to find a new form with which to picture the relation of internal and external reality become concentrated on the metaphor of the mask. Murdoch’s unease regarding the mask’s ambiguous powers escalates to a crisis point in The Green Knight. In this novel, a profusion of literal and metaphorical masks reveals how easily imagination can lapse into fantasy, foregrounds the apparent impossibility of uniting inner and outer, and scrutinises Murdoch’s fear that there may be nothing beneath or beyond form, or that if there is, it will remain forever inaccessible. This chapter also explores how The Green Knight is masked by the mythic form of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which both conceals and reveals truth.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebecca Moden
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  1. 1.University of ChichesterWarwickUK

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