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Muriel Spark, Existentialism and The Art of Death

Cairns Craig


Muriel Spark, Existentialism and the Art of Death traces Muriel Spark’s indebtedness to the tradition of Christian existentialism that derives from nineteenth century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. Christian existentialism was well-established before Jean Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir developed its influential atheistic version in the 1940s, and the book explores the ways in which Spark, in her novels and short stories, develops Kierkegaardian themes and techniques in celebration of the ‘leap to faith’. It also shows how Spark builds on Kierkegaard’s conception of the ‘aesthetic’ a ... More

Keywords: Existentialism (Christian atheistic), faith, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Hegel, death of art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474447201
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cairns Craig, author