Vol. 2(6), pp. 87-89, June 2014
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ISSN: 2360-7831©2014 Academic Research Journals
International Journal of English
Literature and Culture
Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A
Quintessential of Modernism
Bankole Idowu Akinwande
Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Postcode: 220005. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accepted 6 June 2014
The study reviewed Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as a most perfect example of the modernist philosophical movement, with a view to explicating how certain features of the modernist period were manifested in the literary text. It concluded that not only did Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie exemplify the basic concepts of modernism, this novel helped to realise the significance of the theory of modernism to the study of other British novels that fall in line with the modernist period.
Keywords: Modernism, quintessential, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
Muriel Spark‟s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie seems to
be a perfect reflection of modernist approaches to writing.
The novel reflects modernism in a unique way. Muriel
Spark meticulously presents the above-mentioned
modernist characteristics in the masterpiece. No wonder
the literary text brought Spark, international fame and
made her a popular literary icon in the discourse of world
literature. Although, some scholars see the modernist
principle as a distortion, not only to traditional forms but to literature at large, the fragmented presentationprinciple seems to be the most interesting aspect of the novel in my own opinion.
With regard to fragmentation of plot, Muriel Spark does
not unfold the plot of the text sequentially, but piece by
piece; making extensive use of the narrative technique of
References: Muriel S (1961). The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. New
York: Dell Publishing Company, 1961.
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