Abstract

Abstract:

Arguably Muriel Spark's greatest novel, The Driver's Seat (1970) has never received its fair share of critical attention. Often dismissed as a mysterious trifle, it is just that, a mystery, but not a trifle at all. Contextualised within the canon of Spark's work, The Driver's Seat is an eschatologically-focused parable with an emphatically spiritual point. It is to be viewed sub specie aeternitatis, or under 'a vivid glow [that falls] upon the just and the unjust alike.' Seen thus, the observation of Spark's protagonist, Lise, 'It's getting late. It's getting terribly late,' resounds with the force of a Biblical injunction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2050-6678
Print ISSN
1756-5634
Pages
pp. 83-93
Launched on MUSE
2017-05-18
Open Access
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