Ian McEwan is one of Britain's most established, and controversial, writers. This book introduces students to a range of critical approaches to McEwan's fiction. Criticism is drawn from selections in academic essays and articles, and reviews in newspapers, journals, magazines and websites, with editorial comment providing context, drawing attention to key points and identifying differences in critical perspectives. The book features selections from published interviews with Ian McEwan and covers all of the writer's novels to date, including his latest novel Saturday.
About the Author
PETER CHILDS is Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Scholarship at Newman University, UK. He has published widely on postcolonial and twentieth-century literature. His recent publications include Modernism (2000), Contemporary Novelists (2004), and Reading Fiction: Opening the Text (2001), the last two of which are also published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements.- Introduction.- The Fleshly Grail: First Love, Last Rites.- Underworld: In Between the Sheets.- A Nice Sleep: The Cement Garden.- The Desire to be a Victim: The Comfort of Strangers.- True Maturity: The Child in Time.- No Different From You: The Innocent.- Ça Suffit: Black Dogs.- Rationality is Its Own Kind of Innocence: Enduring Love.- Their Reasonable Laws: Amsterdam.- Storytelling as Self-justification: Atonement.- And Now, What Days Are These?: Saturday.- Notes.- Select Bibliography.- Index.