Please note, information about my Iris Murdoch research project has moved house and now lives here, on my other blog. Do pop across to see the latest news and information!
February 20, 2011 at 8:04 pm
I’ll spread it around as much as I can to my own book-reading contacts and will post about it on my blog, once I’ve finished my own Mystery Challenge.
February 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Thanks Christine – much appreciated!
February 22, 2011 at 3:52 pm
I’ll have a look at The Bell as it’s my turn to choose for our next book group meeting in April.
February 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Thanks Corinne, much appreciated too!
March 9, 2011 at 2:53 am
I’ve got agreement to participate from two book groups I’m in and will contact you separately.
March 9, 2011 at 8:45 am
Wonderful news, Jan. I’m so pleased at how many people are willing and eager to take part!
April 12, 2011 at 10:54 am
I am not a reading group memeber but I’m working, at the moment, on the Bell as part of a PHD in France. I’d very much interested in taking part in your project if it was possible.
All the best,
April 12, 2011 at 11:15 am
Thanks for your response, Catherine. I’ll email you later on – I’d be interested in what you’re doing with the PhD and if you know of any resources I might find useful. In particular, I’m looking at critical vs popular responses to the novel – so I need to collect examples of both as well as the book group questionnaire material. I’ll also share whatever you might find useful from my research, of course!
April 13, 2011 at 12:45 am
I have not tried “The Bell” with book groups but I belong to one and that might be a fun novel to try. I have taught it in an English major senior seminar (future book group participants) and they quite liked it although thought the judgments against homosexuals were a little harsh. Several even decided to do their term papers on Murdoch and read other novels by her. In an interview published in “Modern Fiction Studies”,( let me know it anyone needs the full citation,) Murdoch did say that she thought it was the most successful of all her earlier novels.
April 13, 2011 at 2:47 am
Thanks for your response, Christine. It would be fabulous if you could get your book group to agree to read the book and do my questionnaire – as should be clear, you have a year to do this in, which should hopefully fit in with your schedule. Let me know if you decide to do that; drop me a line with a note of when you’re reading it and I’ll send you out the stuff. Hopefully your students who thought the treatment of homosexual characters was harsh read “A Fairly Honourable Defeat” with the lovely Axel and Simon! I’d appreciate the reference for the interview, by the way – thank you.
April 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm
If I ever get around to starting my book club (fingers crossed that will be soon), I’ll definitely participate!
April 24, 2011 at 2:41 am
Wonderful, Colleen – please do and get in touch when you know when you’re reading it!
November 14, 2011 at 9:56 am
My two groups have read The Bell and we have had our discussions answering all your questions. I did send you an email asking whether you would like them posted or sent as attachment to an email but perhaps my email did not reach you.
I had so much fun comparing the differences between the two groups so I imagine you are really going to enjoy collating all the responses.
Will be looking forward to what ever resulting paper you prepare after it is all over.
I’m sure it is not writing a spoiler to say that it met with universal approval.
Liz at Libro
November 14, 2011 at 9:59 am
Thanks for your comment Jan and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed recording your groups’ responses. I have now replied to your email explaining how to send them in (sorry for the delay) and yes, I’m really enjoying reading all the responses and starting to compare them. And it’s not a spoiler to say you enjoyed the book – I’m glad you did! Not all of my readers have enjoyed the actual book, but most seem to have enjoyed the discussion!
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