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The Edinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark

Edited by Michael Gardiner, Willy Maley

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This Companion brings together an international 'Brodie set' of critics to trace the history, impact, reception and major themes of Spark's work, from her early poetry to her last novel. It encompasses the range of Spark's output, pursuing contextual lines of approach including biography, geography, gender, identity, nation and religion, and considering her legacy and continuing influence in the twenty-first century. Spark emerges here as a serious thinker on issues as diverse as the Welfare State, secularisation, decolonisation, and anti-psychiatry, and a writer whose work may be placed alongside Proust, Joyce, Nabokov, and Lessing.

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Series Editors' Preface
Brief Biography of Muriel Spark
Introduction, Michael Gardiner and Willy Maley
1 Muriel Spark and the Problems of Biography, David Goldie
2 Poetic Perception in the Fiction of Muriel Spark, Vassiliki Kolocotroni
3 Body and State in Spark's Early Fiction, Michael Gardiner
4 The Stranger Spark, Marilyn Reizbaum
5 Muriel Spark and the Politics of the Contemporary, Adam Piette
6 Spark, modernism and postmodernism, Matthew Wickman
7 Muriel Spark as Catholic Novelist, Gerard Carruthers
8 Muriel Spark's Break with Romanticism, Paddy Lyons
9 The Post-war Contexts of Spark's Writing, Randall Stevenson
10 Muriel Spark's Crimes of Wit, Drew Milne
Further Reading
Notes on Contributors

About the Author

Michael Gardiner is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. As well as creative fiction and comparative cultural history and world literature, his books include The Cultural Roots of British Devolution (EUP, 2004), Modern Scottish Culture (2005), and From Trocchi to Trainspotting; Scottish Literary Theory Since 1960 (2006).

Willy Maley is Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English Literature, University of Glasgow. He writes on both Renaissance and Scottish literature, most recently Nation, State and Empire in English Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare to Milton (2002), Muriel Spark for Starters (2009). Edited collections include, with Andrew Murphy, Shakespeare and Scotland (2004) and, with Alex Benchimol, Spheres of Influence: Intellectual and Cultural Politics from Shakespeare to Habermas (2006).


This volume provides a number of innovative critical perspectives on Spark's fiction, whilst engaging in lively debate with previous Spark criticism.
- Colin W. McIlroy, University of Glasgow, Scottish Literary Review

As with all of the books in this series, the essays collected here offer fresh and insightful analysis of Spark’s writing from a number of perspectives.

- Years Work in English Studies, vol 91, no 1, 2012

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