Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

Iris Murdoch’s Beermats: A Unique Literary Collection

6 July 2022By Anne RoweBlog

Murdoch’s beer mats point the way to how some of the most dramatic moments of her life were played out in pubs, as indeed they are for many characters in her novels. The names of scores of pubs lie within their pages, for it is to pubs that characters go to weep, to quarrel, to think, to hope, and often to come to conclusions that will destroy their lives.

Iris Murdoch: Music, Sounds and Silences

Iris Murdoch: Music, Sounds and Silences

6 June 2022By Gillian DooleyBlog

What happens when we deliberately try listening to Murdoch’s novels? What can be gained by attending not just to the social, moral, emotional and visual worlds she creates, but also to the aural worlds in her work?

A Murdochian Metaethics

A Murdochian Metaethics

10 January 2022By Cathy MasonBlog

An account of the second-order commitments on the nature of the ethical realm that underlie Murdoch’s thinking. In developing this systematic framework, I hope to shed light on various long-standing problems for contemporary moral philosophy regarding the nature of moral knowledge, moral motivation and moral objectivity.

BSH Fund Fellow 2022 – Michela Dianetti

BSH Fund Fellow 2022 – Michela Dianetti

9 November 2021By Michela DianettiBlog

My PhD thesis is the first to compare the narrative works of Iris Murdoch and Elsa Morante. Its principal aim is to highlight the crucial influence Simone Weil’s philosophy had on the two authors, especially Weil’s idea of affliction.

Iris Murdoch and The Laughing Cavalier

Iris Murdoch and The Laughing Cavalier

1 November 2021By Anne RoweBlog

The Cavalier could boast many distinguished visitors; his image has been gracing the Wallace’s sumptuous central gallery for decades. Among them was Iris Murdoch, visiting with her beloved father as a child and in the 1940s as an aspiring writer and philosopher …

Malcolm Bradbury as Murdoch Critic

Malcolm Bradbury as Murdoch Critic

2 August 2021By Robert CreminsBlog

At first glance, Malcolm may seem like a surprising choice as a guide to Murdoch’s novels, because he is best remembered—or so the anecdotal evidence I have gathered suggests—as a Murdoch parodist rather than critic.

Iris Murdoch & Anthony Powell

Iris Murdoch & Anthony Powell

18 June 2021By Heather RobbinsBlog

I discovered Iris Murdoch’s novels around the same time that I was becoming immersed in Powell. I had read a few in England, starting with The Bell, before my move to Japan in the mid-1980s. And so, I became a Murdochian as well as a Powellian.

‘Iris Murdoch Today’ Series

‘Iris Murdoch Today’ Series

24 May 2021By Miles LeesonBlog

The Research Centre at Chichester was delighted to announce the start of a new working relationship with Palgrave Macmillan; an open-ended project entitled ‘Iris Murdoch Today’ that will produce two books a year (monographs and edited collections) overseen by myself and the Deputy Director of the Centre, Frances White.