The Driver’s Seat: undoing character, becoming legend

Kolocotroni, V. (2018) The Driver’s Seat: undoing character, becoming legend. Textual Practice, 32(9), pp. 1545-1562. (doi: 10.1080/0950236X.2018.1533180)

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The Driver’s Seat is amongst the crème de la crème of Spark’s fictional works and it features one of her most memorable and enigmatic heroines. This essay begins by taking the riddles posed by Lise at face value and follows their at times horrific, at times hilarious terms and implications to their logical (and illogical) conclusion. In the process, it calls as witnesses other Sparkian characters and tested types, including a distinctive pair whose ‘dramatically shaped’ life engaged Spark as biographer and critic. Her cautious account of Emily Brontë’s legendary ‘self-styled superwomanism’ and her sister’s rendition of it is offered as an early instance of her own experimentation with character and an oblique vantage point for its spectacular undoing in the case of The Driver’s Seat.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kolocotroni, Dr Vassiliki
Authors: Kolocotroni, V.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Textual Practice
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1470-1308
Published Online:21 November 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Informa UK Limited
First Published:First published in Textual Practice 32(9):1545-1562
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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