Iris Murdoch: The Retrospective Fiction considers one of the major British novelists of the post-war years in a new light,
arguing that Murdoch's compulsive plots and characters are strongly motivated by the question of the past. Drawing on many
of her key works, and providing the first analysis of her 'first-person retrospective' novels as a separate group within the
larger body of her fiction, the book also considers Murdoch's relation to key currents within twentieth-century thought, like
modernism. postmodernism, and psychoanalysis.