Muriel Spark is widely considered to be one of the most gifted and innovative British novelists of her generation. This is the first study to explore her twenty novels as a whole, along with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and includes discussion of her short stories, poems and literary criticism.
Description: During a career which has spanned more than forty years, Muriel Spark has achieved a world-wide reputation. This study is the first to explore her twenty novels as a whole, from The Comforters (1957) to Reality and Dreams (1996), and includes discussion of her short stories, poems and literary criticism. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Spark's best known work, is placed in a much broader social and literary context than is usual. Her traditional designation as a 'Catholic writer' is also questioned throughout this study. Rather than thinking of her in relation to any one identity, this account shows that Spark's hybrid background part English, part Scottish, part Protestant, part Jewish has enabled her to become an essentially diasporic writer with a fluid sense of self. Bryan Cheyette argues that no one time, place or culture has been allowed to delimit Spark's imagination which is why her dazzling and cunning fictions remain unique and uncategorisable.
Author: Cheyette, Bryan