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Muriel Spark's Early Fiction: Literary Subversion and Experiments with Form

James Bailey


This book presents a detailed critical analysis of a period of significant formal and thematic innovation in Muriel Spark’s literary career. Spanning the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, it identifies formative instances of literary experimentation in texts including The Comforters, The Driver’s Seat and The Public Image, with an emphasis on metafiction and the influence of the nouveau roman. As the first critical study to draw extensively on Spark’s vast archives of correspondence, manuscripts and research, it provides a unique insight into the social contexts and personal concerns that dictated h ... More

Keywords: experimental literature, feminism, Muriel Spark, narrative theory, nouveau roman, realism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474475969
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474475969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Bailey, author
University of Sheffield