Experiments in Narrative Technique in the Novels of Muriel Spark, the Most Internationally Recognized Scottish Writer in the Post-War Era

Author: Bhatt, Preeti
Year:2011
Pages:252
ISBN:0-7734-1586-6
978-0-7734-1586-7
Price:199.95
The examines the development of the Scottish writer Muriel Spark as a major experimental writer through a detailed study of some of her critical writings and novels. This critical volume focuses on the radically innovative devices employed by Spark in her fiction as a mode to express her worldview.

Reviews

“[The author’s] study expresses the significant dimensions of Spark’s world-view by exploring the political, social, cultural and ontological preoccupations in her fictions.-Prof Santosh Gupta, University of Rajasthan

“[The author’s] study brings new directions to the reading of this complex and outstanding writer and opens Spark's works to new interpretations and research. I express my sincere appreciation of [the author’s] well-researched study and recommend it for publication.”-Prof. Emer. Shyam M. Asnani, H.P. University

“[The author’s] volume is a commendable work based on close and careful study of texts, taking into account all available socio-cultural criticism of Spark’s fiction and of her contemporary writers. [The author’s] study will assuredly make a remarkable contribution to scholarship and is strongly recommended for publication.”-Prof. Mini Nanda, University of Rajasthan

Table of Contents

Preface by Professor Santosh Gupta

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 : Introduction - The Poetics of a Narrative
Introductory Remarks
Biographical History
Critical Studies by Muriel Spark
Evolution of Narrative Strategies in Twentieth Century Fiction
Review of Literature
Aims and Objectives of this Work
Notes

Chapter 2 : The Novel as a Game
Introduction
Playful Experimentation in The Comforters
Autobiographical Explorations in Robinson
Ontological Questionings in Memento Mori
Notes

Chapter 3 : Experiments with Time Structure
Introduction
Spatial and Temporal Configurations in
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Narrative Experiments in The Driver's Seat
Notes

Chapter 4 : Fictions of the Self
Introduction
Postmodernist Fragmentations in The Mandelbaum Gate
Self and Reality in Loitering with Intent
Subversive Narrative Strategies in Symposium
Notes

Chapter 5 : Art as Power
Introduction
Discursive Power Structures in Reality and Dreams
Equations of Power in Aiding and Abetting
Narration as Power in The Finishing School
Notes

Chapter 6 : Myth-making and Characterization
History of Myth and Myth-making in Literature
Myth in Muriel Spark's Fiction
Evolution of the Concept of Character
Characterization in Spark's Novels
Notes

Conclusion

Bibliography
Primary Sources
Secondary Sources

Index