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n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - 'Listening at the threshold' - A reading of religion in some excerpts from three of Iris Murdoch's novels : and : original research

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
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Abstract

This article examined the religious aspect of some excerpts from three of Iris Murdoch's novels according to a Christian theory of reading. However, the length and scope of this article did not encompass a discussion of Murdoch's overarching philosophy. Some justification was given for the adoption of a Christian theory of reading as opposed to a deconstructive, Marxist or psychoanalytical theory. The contention of the article was that, though Murdoch herself did not espouse orthodox Christian faith, there is in her work - when she is writing about religion in the three novels under consideration - an 'echo of the Divine', such as that described by Laurence Hemming, which is both authentic and strikingly compatible with orthodox Christian spirituality. The aim of the article was therefore to record some impressions, ask a pertinent question, and ponder some possible answers regarding the nature of this 'echo of the Divine' to be found in the extracts selected from these three novels.


Hierdie artikel het die godsdienstige aspekte van drie van Iris Murdoch se romans binne die raamwerk van 'n Christelike leesteorie ontleed. Die artikel het die gebruik van die Christelike leesteorie verdedig eerder as teorieë wat dekonstruksie, Marxistiese teorie of psigoanalise as vertrekpunte neem. Die argument in die artikel was dat, alhoewel Murdoch nie self 'n ortodokse Christelike geloof voorgestaan het nie, daar wel in haar werk 'n , soos beskryf deur Laurence Hemming, bespeur kan word. Dit was veral duidelik wanneer sy oor godsdiens skryf in die drie romans wat in die artikel in oorweging gekom het. Hierdie geestelike weerklanke is geloofwaardig en kom ook opvallend ooreen met ortodoks Christelike spiritualiteit. Die doel van die artikel was dus om 'n paar indrukke te noteer, 'n belangrike vraag aan die orde te stel en om 'n paar antwoorde te oorweeg oor die aard van die wat aangetref word in die gekose uittreksels uit hierdie drie romans.

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2016-12-11

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