Understanding Ian McEwan

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Understanding Ian McEwan provides a full discussion of the fiction written by one of Britain's most highly regarded novelists and the winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. David Malcolm places Ian McEwan's work - admired by critics for its polished, understated treatment of themes of aberrance and obsession - in the context of British literature's particular dynamism in the last decades of the twentieth century. He also examines McEwan's relationship to feminism, concern with rationalism and science, use of moral ...
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Overview

Understanding Ian McEwan provides a full discussion of the fiction written by one of Britain's most highly regarded novelists and the winner of the 1998 Booker Prize. David Malcolm places Ian McEwan's work - admired by critics for its polished, understated treatment of themes of aberrance and obsession - in the context of British literature's particular dynamism in the last decades of the twentieth century. He also examines McEwan's relationship to feminism, concern with rationalism and science, use of moral perspective, and proclivity toward fragmentation.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Understanding Ian McEwan 1
Ch. 2 The Short Stories: First Love, Last Rites and In between the Sheets 20
Ch. 3 Fiction and Evil (I): The Cement Garden 45
Ch. 4 Fiction and Evil (II): The Comfort of Strangers 66
Ch. 5 Change, Dystopia, and the Way Out: The Child in Time 88
Ch. 6 Brushes with History (I): The Innocent 110
Ch. 7 Brushes with History (II): Black Dogs 131
Ch. 8 Science and Fictions: Enduring Love 155
Ch. 9 Other Works: Screenplays, the Oratorio, Children's Fiction, and Amsterdam 182
Notes 197
Bibliography 207
Index 211
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