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  • A Bibliography of Recent Criticism on Muriel Spark
  • Allison Fisher (with the assistance of Shannon Thomas)

This selected bibliography lists critical studies of Muriel Spark’s literary work not included in the 2002 volume Theorizing Muriel Spark, edited by Martin McQuillan and published by Palgrave Macmillan. McQuillan’s text provides a very full bibliography; the present bibliography serves as an update some six years later while also identifying several studies that do not appear in McQuillan’s list. The bibliography attempts to suggest the scope and diversity of recent scholarship on Spark as well as provide a resource for future research.

The bibliography is organized as follows:

  1. I. Journal Articles, Interviews, and Book Chapters

  2. II. Monographs

  3. III. Ph.D. Dissertations

I. Journal Articles, Interviews, and Book Chapters

Alonso, Pilar. “The Macrostructural Function of Recurrence in Complex Narrative Discourse.” Aspects of Discourse Analysis. Eds. Pilar Alonso, María Jesús Sánchez, John Hyde, and Christopher Moran. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2002. 45–77. Uses Spark’s work as a case study.
Aly, Abdel-Moneim. “The Theme of Exile in the African Short Stories of Muriel Spark.” Scottish Studies Review 2.2 (2001): 94–104.
Anastas, Benjamin. “Rejoice, Stupid: The Novels of Muriel Spark.” Book-Forum 9.3 (2002): 26–27. [End Page 617]
Apostolou, Fotini. “Seduction, Simulacra and the Feminine: Spectacles and Images in Muriel Spark’s The Public Image.” Journal of Gender Studies 9 (2000): 281–97.
———. “Textasy: The Seduction of the Text in Muriel Spark’s Work.” Critical Survey 13.1 (2001): 94–112.
Brown, Peter Robert. “‘There’s Something about Mary’: Narrative and Ethics in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Journal of Narrative Theory 36 (2006): 228–53.
Cheyette, Bryan. “Diasporas of the Mind: British-Jewish Writing beyond Multiculturalism.” Diaspora and Multiculturalism: Common Traditions and New Developments. Ed. Monika Fludernik. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003. 45–82.
———. “Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945–2000. Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 367–75.
Christianson, Aileen. “Muriel Spark and Candia McWilliam: Continuities.” Contemporary Scottish Women Writers. Eds. Aileen Christianson and Alison Lumsden. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2000. 95–110.
Collins, Angus P. “‘Listening to the Silence’: Sound and Religious Belief in Muriel Spark’s A Far Cry from Kensington.” Logos 4.3 (2001): 143–58.
Devoize, Jeanne. “Muriel Spark b. 1918.” Journal of the Short Story in English 41 (2003): 243–54.
Glavin, John. “Muriel Spark: Beginning Again.” British Women Writing Fiction. Ed. Abby H. P. Werlock. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2000. 293–313.
Gregson, Ian. “Muriel Spark’s Caricatural Effects.” Essays in Criticism 55.1 (2005): 1–16.
———. “Muriel Spark’s Puppets of Thwarted Authority.” Character and Satire in Postwar Fiction. New York: Continuum, 2006. 99–109.
Horner, Avril and Sue Zlosnik. “‘Releasing Spirit from Matter’: Comic Alchemy in Spark’s The Ballad of Peckham Rye, Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick and Mantel’s Fludd.” Gothic Studies 2.1 (2000): 136–47.
Kort, Wesley A. “Taking Exception: Muriel Spark and the Spiritual Disciplines of Personal Space.” Place and Space in Modern Fiction. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2004. 128–45.
Krupnick, Mark. “Religion and the Modern Novel.” Commonweal 127.9 (2000): 11–14.
Labay-Morère, Julie. “‘Voices at Play’ in Muriel Spark’s The Comforters and Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold.” Etudes Britanniques Contemporaines 30 (2006): 83–93.
Mackay, Marina. “Muriel Spark (1918–).” Multicultural Writers since 1945: An A-to-Z Guide. Eds. Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2004. 478–81.
March, Cristie. “Undue Influence in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961).” Women in Literature: Reading through the Lens of Gender. Eds. Jerilyn Fisher, Ellen S. Silber, and David Sadker. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003. 240–42.
McIlvanney, Liam. “The Politics of Narrative in the Post-War Scottish Novel.” On Modern British Fiction. Ed. Zachary Leader. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2002. 181–208. [End Page 618]
Mengham, Rod. “The Cold War Way of Death: Muriel Spark’s Memento Mori.” British Fiction after Modernism: The Novel at Mid-Century. Eds. Marina MacKay and Lyndsey Stonebridge. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 157–65.
Miller, Gavin. “National Confessions...


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