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In Conversation: Iris Murdoch’s Relationship to Painting, in Philosophy and in Life

19 July 2019, 19:00

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

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Iris Murdoch
by Tom Phillips
1984-1986
NPG 5921

Paintings played an important role in Dame Iris Murdoch’s life and work. She enjoyed painting and said that she would have liked to be a painter. Paying attention to art is a major concern of her philosophical work, and paintings feature prominently in her novels. She was also the subject of several paintings herself, one of which is currently on display in the National Portrait Gallery. In the centenary year of Iris Murdoch’s birth, Murdoch scholars Lucy Bolton and Rebecca Moden will demonstrate how paintings feature in her life and work, and examine her relationship with art, artists and philosophical thinking.

Lucy Bolton is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, and the author of Contemporary Cinema and the Philosophy of Iris Murdoch.

Rebecca Moden is a PhD student at the University of Chichester. Her thesis is provisionally titled 'Writer Meets Painter: A Study of the Aesthetic Affinities of Iris Murdoch and Harry Weinberger'.

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