The Resource Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing, David J. Gordon

Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing, David J. Gordon

Label
Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing
Title
Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing
Statement of responsibility
David J. Gordon
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Like Jane Austen and Henry James, but also like Fyodor Dostoevsky and Simone Weil, Iris Murdoch is a keen student of those egoistic obsessions that cloud our moral understanding. In Iris Murdoch's Fables of Unselfing, David J. Gordon probes more deeply and comprehensively than any previous critic the intellectual energies, and the ethical imperative of "unselfing," that inform her fiction. Gordon contends that the term fable best describes the kind of novel Murdoch writes because in each a mythmaking purpose interacts with a commitment to realism, shaping the erotic life of fictional characters into a spiritual pilgrimage on which they struggle, more or less unsuccessfully, to overcome the self-centeredness that keeps them away from the Good
  • The most original element in the fiction, Gordon argues, is not its striking modernization of Plato or its adaptations of nineteenth-century influences, but its intensely creative struggle with Freud. In developing his analysis of her themes, Gordon draws on Murdoch's work from throughout her forty-year career, showing how each novel grew out of its predecessors and in what ways each is original
Cataloging source
OCLCE
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gordon, David J
Dewey number
823/.914
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6063.U7
LC item number
Z663 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Murdoch, Iris
  • Murdoch, Iris
Label
Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing, David J. Gordon
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Fables of Unselfing -- 1. The Critique of Freedom: Solipsism and Love -- 2. Paths to the Good -- 3. Power, Magic, and Narrative Authority -- 4. Causality, Humanism, and the Spectrum of Tragicomedy -- 5. The Good Apprentice: 1954-1966 -- 6. The Major Phase: 1968-1985 -- 7. What the Age Requires: The Late Novels -- Conclusion: Murdoch's Ambitiousness
Control code
603967282
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 199 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)603967282
Label
Iris Murdoch's fables of unselfing, David J. Gordon
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Fables of Unselfing -- 1. The Critique of Freedom: Solipsism and Love -- 2. Paths to the Good -- 3. Power, Magic, and Narrative Authority -- 4. Causality, Humanism, and the Spectrum of Tragicomedy -- 5. The Good Apprentice: 1954-1966 -- 6. The Major Phase: 1968-1985 -- 7. What the Age Requires: The Late Novels -- Conclusion: Murdoch's Ambitiousness
Control code
603967282
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 199 pages)
Form of item
online
Level of compression
  • lossless
  • lossy
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Reformatting quality
  • preservation
  • access
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)603967282

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