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SCOTNOTES Study Guides

Muriel Spark’s

David S. Robb

Published in: Paperback.
By: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1992
Price: £5.95
ISBN 978-0-948877-14-8

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Muriel Spark’s arch, subversive novel entertains us with its amusing, nostalgic evocation of the 1930s schooldays of a group of middle-class Edinburgh girls – then forces us to face up to the easy surface charms, and darker undercurrents, of Miss Jean Brodie’s perfect self-assurance.

David Robb’s Scotnote untangles the many aspects of this novel – historical, political, psychological and religious – and is an ideal guide for senior school pupils and students at all levels.


  • Muriel Spark and her novels
  • The events in the novel
  • The novel and the period in which it is set
  • Religion in the novel
  • Assessing Jean Brodie
  • Sandy Stranger and the Brodie Set
  • Daydreams, stories and truth
  • Select bibliography


Last updated 19 October 2010.