Bibliography and Further Reading
Bove, Cheryl K. Understanding Iris Murdoch. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1993. A lucid and valuable handbook for college students that separates Murdoch’s works into two broad categories—the ironic tragedy and the bittersweet comedy—to explain how the writings express her philosophy, depict human relationships, and handle plot and theme.
Conradi, Peter J. Iris Murdoch. New York: W. W. Norton, 2001. A biography of the novelist that examines her early life as an imaginative only-child, through the trauma of World War II, up to her final years. Describes Murdoch’s life as a search for good in a particularly evil century.
Grimshaw, Tammy. Sexuality, Gender, and Power in Iris Murdoch’s Fiction. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005. Examines representations of power, sexuality, and gender in Murdoch’s fiction, providing a feminist reading of the work and describing how Murdoch’s treatment of homosexuality, bisexuality, cross-dressing, and related issues reflect her preoccupations with reality and morality.
Nolan, Bran. Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction. 2d ed. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Takes a psychological approach to Murdoch’s work, focusing on how she represents past events and their effects on her characters. Includes analysis of novels that were not discussed in the first edition, published in 1999; also includes a new preface, an updated bibliography, and three additional chapters covering Murdoch’s most important and popular novels.
Rowe, Anne, ed. Iris Murdoch: A Reassessment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. A collection of essays that reinterprets Murdoch’s work in terms of twenty-first century debates about the aesthetic impulse, moral philosophy, gender and sexuality, literature, and authorship. Includes comparisons of Murdoch’s work with works by other authors.
Spear, Hilda D. Iris Murdoch. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. Provides an introduction to Murdoch’s novels, tracing how she progressively uses the plots of her books to address philosophical issues such as the nature of reality as well as good and evil.