Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince: A valorization of metafiction as a virtuous aesthetic practice

Karbalaei, S. S. (2014) Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince: A valorization of metafiction as a virtuous aesthetic practice. Brno Studies in English, 40 (2). pp. 91-107. ISSN 0524-6881

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Abstract

Having a self-conscious narrator who is obsessed by the question of art-truth relationship, The Black Prince is the paradigm of metafiction among Iris Murdoch's works. A discourse about the problems of writing fiction, the novel actually exposes the ontological status of all literary fiction, i.e. its quasi-referentiality, its indeterminacy and its existence as a linguistic world. This paper argues that more than being a thematic concern, metafiction is the integral part of The Black Prince whose fragmented form mirrors the complexity of reality. It concludes that such a full-fledged metafictional project does not resonate with the anti-fictional convictions but aspires to validate metafiction as the perfect moral form of fiction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: A Arts and Humanities > English
Divisions: Department of > English
Depositing User: Arshiya Kousar
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 05:37
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2019 05:37
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/3697

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