Muriel Spark and Africa

Maley, W. (2018) Muriel Spark and Africa. Scottish Book Trust [blog], 5 Nov.

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Abstract

Muriel Spark’s centenary year has offered opportunities to explore elements of her writing that deserve wider attention. Her time in Africa is vital in this respect. An exhibition at the National Library of Scotland reveals aspects of Spark’s sojourn in Southern Rhodesia and South Africa (https://www.nls.uk/exhibitions/muriel-spark/Africa); critic Eleanor Byrne has begun to map out the impact of time there on her work (https://www.thebottleimp.org.uk/2017/11/go-away-bird-muriel-spark-southern-rhodesia/?print=print); and one of the fruits of the Muriel Spark 100 celebrations is a new book by writer Shane Strachan linking Spark’s African experiences with Scotland (http://www.shanestrachan.com/blog/2018/10/20/nevertheless-muriel-spark-in-bulawayo-murielspark100). Here, with a view to contributing to the discussion around Scotland’s colonial past, I want to look at the afterlife of Africa in Spark’s writings beyond the poems and stories that expressly draw on her experience of that continent.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Maley, Professor Willy
Authors: Maley, W.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Scottish Book Trust [blog]
Publisher:Scottish Book Trust
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Author
First Published:First published in Scottish Book Trust [blog] 5 November 2018
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Editor

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