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The Resource Patterned aimlessness : Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s, Barbara Stevens Heusel

Patterned aimlessness : Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s, Barbara Stevens Heusel

Label
Patterned aimlessness : Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s
Title
Patterned aimlessness
Title remainder
Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s
Statement of responsibility
Barbara Stevens Heusel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The novels of Iris Murdoch are lively journeys across landscapes teeming with ideas. Such texts as An Accidental Man, The Philosopher's Pupil, The Black Prince, and The Sea, The Sea blend art and philosophy in tales that have intrigued and puzzled readers like few other contemporary novels. In Patterned Aimlessness Barbara Stevens Heusel brings an order and a clarity to the mystery of Murdoch's narrative form. She shows how this writer of many genres came to integrate philosophy, morality, psychology, language, and aesthetics in order to call into question the conventions of the English novel. Following Wittgenstein's lead Murdoch makes palpable the complexities of human experience, the "accidental, idiosyncratic happenings of life." Her fiction and her individual voice, Heusel says, reflect the chaos of existence with all of its contradictions, its paradoxes, its jarring rhythms. Heusel turns to literary theory to point out Murdoch's compatibility with Mikhail Bakhtin's views on the narrative voice in the novel. For both, morality is an utmost concern, and language is inherently a social, historical, and ideological creation: words resonate with centuries of meanings and uses. Answering some common criticisms of Murdoch's novels, Heusel also points out that Murdoch's presentation of female characters critiques societal expectations of women. The study culminates with thoughtful analyses of Murdoch's characters in A Word Child, The Black Prince, The Sea, The Sea, Nuns and Soldiers, and The Message to the Planet in light of the patterns she has introduced
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Heusel, Barbara Stevens
Dewey number
823/.914
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6063.U7
LC item number
Z844 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Murdoch, Iris
  • Literary form
  • Philosophy in literature
  • Fiction
  • Murdoch, Iris
  • Murdoch, Iris
  • Murdoch, Iris
  • Romans
  • Philosophie dans la littérature
  • Roman
  • Genres littéraires
  • Roman
Label
Patterned aimlessness : Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s, Barbara Stevens Heusel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30779757
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780820317076
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94028260
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1679261
  • (OCoLC)30779757
Label
Patterned aimlessness : Iris Murdoch's novels of the 1970s and 1980s, Barbara Stevens Heusel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
30779757
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 306 pages
Isbn
9780820317076
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94028260
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (WaOLN)1679261
  • (OCoLC)30779757

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