Romantic Love, Gender Imbalance and Feminist Readings in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea

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Macarena García-Avello University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain

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Even though Iris Murdoch's novels depict a profoundly patriarchal society, most scholars have generally failed to identify any feminist aspirations in her work. This article aims to reassess her legacy as a writer by analysing from a feminist perspective one of her most acclaimed novels, The Sea, The Sea (1978). The tension between the androcentric approach of a self-deluded male narrator and a female author whose worldview is strongly influenced by her gender results in a feminist critique which is not based on the recovery of a female voice, but on the exploration of patriarchy within the novel and the production of a feminist epistemology derived from a dialogue between Murdoch's fiction and philosophy.

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Macarena García-Avello holds a PhD in Latina Studies from the University of Maryland (2017) and a PhD in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Oviedo (2014). She currently works and teaches at the University of Cantabria in Santander. Her research focuses on contemporary literature and gender studies. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2013) and the University of Toronto (2012). She has extensively published books and articles in peer-reviewed journals on twentieth-century American literature, feminist theory and the representation of gender in fiction. She is the author of the book Producción/ contraproducción de las identidades de género en Los puentes de Madison (2011) and Nuevos Horizontes en la literatura latina de Estados Unidos: Transnacionalismos, resistencias queer y sus manifestaciones en la web (Colección de Estudios Ingleses, 2018). Email: Orcid:

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