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Fiction in Jerusalem: Muriel Spark's Idiom of Judgement

Lyndsey Stonebridge

in The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748642359
eISBN:
9780748652150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Muriel Spark was to place the trial at the ‘desperate heart’ of her most historically ambitious and aesthetically awkward novel, The Mandelbaum Gate. Adolf Eichmann's own testimony was the trial's ... More


Spark contra Spark

Michael Gardiner

in From Trocchi to Trainspotting: Scottish Critical Theory Since 1960

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622320
eISBN:
9780748653393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622320.003.0013
Subject:
Society and Culture, Scottish Studies

This chapter suggests that Muriel Spark was a key figure in rethinking many of the central ideas of Enlightenment. It notes that Spark was often described (in the days before Easy Jet) as the classic ... More


Spark’s Proofs

Deborah Bowman

in Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748682492
eISBN:
9781474422109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter talks about how Muriel Spark was keen to draw attention to ‘anything so trivial as evidence and documents’. By the time she published the story of her first thirty nine years and sold ... More


The ‘nouveau frisson’: Muriel Spark’s Gothic Fiction

Gerard Carruthers

in Scottish Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474408196
eISBN:
9781474434508
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408196.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

If Muriel Spark has strong elements of Gothic apparatus in her work, then this is generally of the kind that works through urban rather than ‘wilder’ or more ‘sublime’ settings. Gothic, supernatural, ... More


Unfinished Business: Muriel Spark and Hannah Arendt in Palestine

Martin McQuillan

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637744
eISBN:
9780748652143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The Mandelbaum Gate is by some distance the longest novel that the famously economic Muriel Spark ever wrote, and as such is uncharacteristic in its formal design and narrative structure. Spark's ... More


The Desegregation of Spark

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This introductory chapter provides a comprehensive account of Spark’s critical reception, spanning the 1960s to the present day. Established critical views, it argues, have collectively developed a ... More


Secret Work

Victoria Stewart

in The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640997
eISBN:
9780748651832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter studies the influence of the end of the war on the writing of history and how individuals created their own life stories, first looking at the issue of generic classification in ... More


Muriel Spark and Evil

Allan Hepburn

in A Grain of Faith: Religion in Mid-Century British Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780198828570
eISBN:
9780191871412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198828570.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Muriel Spark gave sustained attention to the problem of evil. In her view, people committed evil acts gratuitously, merely for the sake of causing suffering. By the same token, novels are virtually ... More


The Judicial Imagination: Writing After Nuremberg

Lyndsey Stonebridge

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748642359
eISBN:
9780748652150
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642359.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book tells the story of the struggle to imagine new forms of justice after Nuremberg. Returning to the work of Hannah Arendt as a theoretical starting point, the author traces an aesthetics of ... More


A Biography of Faith

Linden Bicket

in George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474411653
eISBN:
9781474435147
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474411653.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter concentrates on three major biographical strands in order to obtain a clear idea of Brown’s literary Catholicism. It explores the trajectory of Brown’s religious life through his ... More


Muriel Spark

Tim Parks

in Life and Work: Writers, Readers, and the Conversations between Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300215366
eISBN:
9780300216738
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300215366.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows that Muriel Spark's novels are full of ingenious frauds and manipulators on the one hand, and ingenuous victims ever ready to succumb to them on the other. Spark converted to ... More


‘The role in which you’ve cast me’: Reassessing the Myth of Spark

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines how the self-reflexive techniques employed in her writing work to facilitate instances of gendered social critique, while also interrogating the wider functioning of power and ... More


The Second World War in Contemporary British Fiction: Secret Histories

Victoria Stewart

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640997
eISBN:
9780748651832
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640997.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Focusing on the upsurge of interest in the Second World War in recent British novels, this book explores the ways in which secrecy and secret work – including code breaking, espionage and special ... More


Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

James Bailey

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This book presents a detailed critical analysis of a period of significant formal and thematic innovation in Muriel Spark’s literary career. Spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, it identifies ... More


‘Drama[s] of exact observation’: Spark and the Nouveau Roman

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Concentrating on the development of her fiction during the decade spanning 1960 to 1970, this chapter traces the evolving relationship between Spark’s novels and the style and ethos of the nouveau ... More


New Realism and ‘the times at hand’

Adam Guy

in The nouveau roman and Writing in Britain After Modernism

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9780198850007
eISBN:
9780191884467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198850007.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

The chapter opens by considering the contested definitions of realism that often characterize discussions of the novel in the postwar British literary field. The Snow Circle—C. P. Snow, Pamela ... More


‘Author’s Ghosts’: Manifestations of the Supernatural in Spark’s Early Fiction

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter examines the treatment of spectrality in Spark’s debut novel, The Comforters, as well as in a selection of early (and otherwise realistic) short stories. It discuss some of Spark’s ... More


‘A study, in a way, of self-destruction’: The Driver’s Seat and the Impotent Gaze

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter extends the preceding chapter’s discussion of The Driver’s Seat to offer a thorough reassessment of its largely one-sided critical reception, as well as its nuanced approach to the ... More


The Question of Evil in Post-War British Fiction

Robert Eaglestone

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 7: British and Irish Fiction Since 1940

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198749394
eISBN:
9780191869754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749394.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter argues that Iris Murdoch’s view that the fiction of the 1950s and early 1960s could not address evil is narrow and hence incorrect. Several important writers, such as William Golding, ... More


Leaving the Hothouse

James Bailey

in Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474475969
eISBN:
9781474495837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This concluding chapter presents a detailed examination of Spark’s most outlandish work of metafiction, The Hothouse by the East River, as a means of uniting the various, interrelated strands of ... More


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