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Making Connections : Psychology and the Environment in two Iris Murdoch's Novels



Year of publication 2016
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description Making Connections: Psychology and the Environment in two Iris Murdoch's Novels According to Anne Rowe and Cheryl Bove Murdoch was a kind of pioneer when "making connections between psychology and the environment" as early as in 1950s. It was London that embraced tightly her fictional characters with their complicated sexual relationship full of power and intrigues that were so well known to Murdoch. She spent practically her whole life commuting between her flats in Oxford and London. The city was her passion and a counterpart to her latter life in the country where she led life in isolation working on her books. But still she remained emotionally attached to London. She enjoyed urban life in incognito, being invisible, full of inspirational discussions and till her death, never became tired of its magic atmosphere and diversity, which is so palpable in her novels. She could depict London both demonic and sacred, an indispensable hint how to read and understand psychology of her characters. The focus of my presentation then would be a comparison of London setting and its effect on the characters mind in the novels Under the Net (1954) and The Black Prince (1973).
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