By Bran Nicol
Bran Nicol strains the preoccupation in Murdoch's fiction with the way in which the earlier makes its mark upon us, haunting us and eluding our makes an attempt to know it. This argument was once given an additional resonance by way of the dying of Murdoch after Alzheimer's disorder in 1999, while the 1st version was once released. This new version contains exact readings of novels no longer mentioned within the unique (The Bell, The Sacred and Profane Love desktop, and The Philosopher's scholar) and features a new preface, an up to date bibliography and 3 new chapters masking Murdoch's most vital and well known novels, contemplating in additional intensity her dating with the dominant literary and highbrow currents of her time.
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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 20 21 ‘auto-representation . . with its view that there is no presence, no external truth which verifies or unifies, that there is only self-reference’ (Hutcheon 1988: 119). According to the logic of ‘double-coding’, which Hutcheon (and others) insists is typical of postmodernism, the distinction between realist and postmodern fiction is not a binary opposition: postmodern fiction is both realist and non-realist at the same time.
More importantly, the whole question of representation was at the top of the intellectual agenda. For if we had to pinpoint one issue at the heart of late twentiethcentury literature, theory and philosophy, surely this would be it: the gulf between language and what it represents. This is a question – as we can see from Murdoch’s philosophical work – which stretches back to the philosophy of Plato and the fledgling literary theory of Aristotle, but it has been more directly resonant in the period of literature which can justifiably be called ‘modern’.
She affirms our need to maintain a belief in certain a priori truths, however difficult they are to establish. Some concepts, like the Good, endure despite the untenabilility of the Christian metanarrative. In the first of the Platonic dialogues Murdoch published as Acastos (1987), Mantias claims that ‘really there’s no such thing as “reality” or “nature”, it’s not just sitting there, we make it out of words – ideas – concepts’. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 16 Revisiting the Sublime and the Beautiful 17 Given the status of Socrates in the play, and given Murdoch’s similar pronouncements elsewhere, it is clear that he is speaking for his creator.
Iris Murdoch, Seccond Edition: The Retrospective Fiction by Bran Nicol