Post-war British Fiction as ‘Metaphysical Ethography’

‘Gods, Godgames and Goodness’ in John Fowles’s "The Magus</I> and Iris Murdoch’s "The Sea, the Sea</I>

by Roula Ikonomakis (Author)
©2008 Monographs 344 Pages


The Second World War marked an ethical turn in British fiction. The author of this study demonstrates this by closely examining John Fowles’s and Iris Murdoch’s works as post-war meta-textual magical-realist novels interested in ethics and the nature of contemporary reality. These ethical novels transcend mere morality to explore the essence of the Good. Through paradigms of human experience, they direct our attention towards the Other and impart moral principles based on acts of Goodness.
The author assesses the moral intimations in Fowles’s The Magus and Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea in the context of their philosophical writings, mainly The Aristos and Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals respectively. She shows that Fowles and Murdoch endeavour to instruct the reader morally through the accessible language of fiction.


ISBN (Softcover)
Fowles, John The magus Ethik (Motiv) Magischer Realismus (Literatur) Metafiktion Existentialism Morality Anachronisms Death Madness Freedom
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. 344 pp.

Biographical notes

Roula Ikonomakis (Author)

The Author: Roula Ikonomakis was born in Mons, Belgium, of Greek parents. She attended the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve and graduated in Germanic Philology in 1992. She was awarded a Ph.D. in English Literature from Leiden University in 2005. She has been working as a translator at the Prefecture of Hania, Crete, since 1992 and also teaches English at the Department of Preschool Education, University of Crete, Rethymno. She has published numerous translations, both technical and literary.


Title: Post-war British Fiction as ‘Metaphysical Ethography’