The Iris Murdoch Review

Kingston University Press announces the publication of the 4th issue of The Iris Murdoch Review

The current issue has much to offer scholars of both Murdoch´s novels and her philosophy. It contains a previously unpublished interview of Iris Murdoch by Peter J. Conradi from 1983, in which Murdoch discusses Apollo and Dionysus and the importance of happiness, her preference for Schopenhauer over Nietzsche, good and evil, the ambivalences and paradoxes in her philosophical positions and different attitudes to work on her early and late novels.

Other contributions:

• An essay on Murdoch’s ‘Irishness’, in which historian Ian d’Alton provides the most detailed analysis of Something Special, Iris Murdoch’s only published short story. He looks at the way Something Special contributes to a clearer picture of her Irish cultural and literary identity.

• Gary Browning´s political reading of Under the Net and The Nice and The Good; reviews on recent publications and reports on public debates, conferences and lectures.

The Iris Murdoch Review publishes articles on the work and life of Iris Murdoch and her milieu and aims to represent the breadth and eclecticism of contemporary approaches to Murdoch. Kingston University is the long-established centre of excellence in the field of Iris Murdoch Studies and is home to the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies, an unparalleled, world-class source of information for researchers on the life and work of Iris Murdoch.

Lead Editor: Dr Anne Rowe

Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies and Reader in English Literature at Kingston University. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch and is currently working on a monograph on Murdoch for the Writers and their Work series, to be published by Northcote House in 2014. She is also co-editing, with Avril Horner, Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995, which will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2015.

Among the contributors:

Anne Chisholm, biographer and critic, chair of the Royal Society of Literature; Peter J. Conradi, official biographer of Iris Murdoch, author of Iris Murdoch: A Life (2001), and editor of Iris Murdoch: Existentialists and Mystics: Writings on Philosophy and Literature (1997) and A Writer at War: Iris Murdoch 1939-45 (2010) or Ian d’Alton, an historian of Protestant Ireland; a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and author of Protestant Society and Politics in Cork 1812-1844 (1980).

Iris Murdoch Society

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