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Ian McEwan

Dominic Head

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

In this survey, Ian McEwan emerges as one of those rare writers whose works have received both popular and critical acclaim. His novels grace the bestseller lists, and he is well regarded by critics, ... More


Epilogue: Sympathy Now

Sophie Ratcliffe

in On Sympathy

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199239870
eISBN:
9780191716799
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239870.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The epilogue examines some of the current ideas about sympathy and reading, and its relation to empathy and altruism, in contemporary discourse, looking at arguments by Hilary Mantel, Ian McEwan, ... More


9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Martin Randall

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638529
eISBN:
9780748651825
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This book explores the fiction, poetry, theatre and cinema that have represented the 9/11 attacks. Works by Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Don DeLillo, Simon Armitage and Mohsin Hamid are discussed in ... More


About Time: Narrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time

Mark Currie

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624249
eISBN:
9780748652037
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This book brings together ideas about time from narrative theory and philosophy. It argues that literary criticism and narratology have approached narrative primarily as a form of retrospect, and ... More


Methods and Models for Future Research

John Paul Eberhard

in Brain Landscape: The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195331721
eISBN:
9780199864058
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331721.003.0007
Subject:
Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Techniques

This chapter provides paradigms and examples from research results of neuroscientists including: Fox and Raichle; Sejnowski and Churchland; Gage; Rostene, Kitabgi, and Parsadaniantz; McEwan; Patel; ... More


Cloak and Dagger Boys: 14 December

Tim Luard

in Escape from Hong Kong: Admiral Chan Chak's Christmas-Day Dash, 1941

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9789888083763
eISBN:
9789882209312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789888083763.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter starts the discussion around the events of December 14. At this point other participants in Chan Chak's escape are introduced as preparations continue for the Japanese attack on Hong ... More


Literature – Repeat Nothing

Robert Rowland Smith

in Death-Drive: Freudian Hauntings in Literature and Art

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748640393
eISBN:
9780748671601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640393.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The flip side of destruction is creation, allegedly. This chapter sets out to see if the two are really so different, and whether the nature of creativity doesn't also fall within the death-drive's ... More


Families against the World: Ian McEwan

Berthold Schoene

in The Cosmopolitan Novel

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638154
eISBN:
9780748651795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638154.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Ian McEwan's works that capture the sensibility of a newly emergent Anglo-British contemporaneity. The first is Black Dogs, which explores a fundamentally European sense of ... More


Literature: The 9/11 Novel

David Holloway

in 9/11 and the War on Terror

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748633807
eISBN:
9780748670772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633807.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Chapter 5, on literature, includes detailed discussion of Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Frederic Beigbeder's Windows on the World. It offers substantial supporting ... More


‘Beyond Belief’: McEwan, DeLillo and 110 Stories

Martin Randall

in 9/11 and the Literature of Terror

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748638529
eISBN:
9780748651825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638529.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Ian McEwan's Beyond Belief, and the novelists' initial responses to the events of 9/11. 110 Stories: New York Writes after September 11 and Don DeLillo's ‘In the Ruins of the ... More


Conclusion: McEwan and the ‘third culture’

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This concluding chapter discusses the relation of Ian McEwan's works in relation to the so-called ‘third culture’. It suggests that McEwan's contribution to the ‘third culture’ reveals structural ... More


Introduction

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This volume analyzes the works of British novelist Ian McEwan. It considers the problematic claim that McEwan is possibly the most significant of a number of writers who have resuscitated the link ... More


Shock-lit: the short stories and The Cement Garden

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes the literature of shock embodied in Ian McEwan's novel The Cement Garden. It suggests that the cement garden is a clear metaphor for the urban desolation of the character of ... More


Dreams of captivity: The Comfort of Strangers

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Ian McEwan's novel The Comfort of Strangers and his screenplay for the film The Imitation Game. It explains that the film is McEwan's first explicit engagement of feminism and ... More


Towards the ‘implicate order’: The Child in Time

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes Ian McEwan's The Child in Time, his first fiction to be clearly longer than novella length and his first sustained attempt at a social novel. It suggests that this work can be ... More


Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Ian McEwan's novels The Innocent and Black Dogs which represent a significant phase of political writing. In both works, the private-public nexus is extended in different ways ... More


‘A mess of our own unmaking’: Enduring Love

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes Ian McEwan's testing of scientific rationalism in his novel Enduring Love. Underpinning this testing of character is McEwan's larger literary project, to consider the function ... More


Amsterdam: McEwan's ‘spoiler’

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines Ian McEwan's ‘Amsterdam’, a Booker Prize-winning novella. It explains that this novel was considered as an inferior Booker winner and reappraises it as an accomplished satirical ... More


‘The wild and inward journey of writing’: Atonement

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter analyzes Ian McEwan's Atonement as the creative equivalent or counterpart of narrative ethics. The theme of guilt and atonement is inextricably linked to an investigation of the writer's ... More


‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: Saturday

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719066566
eISBN:
9781781701027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter examines the character and circumstance in Ian McEwan's novel Saturday. It shows that this novel's treatment of the competing claims of literature and medicine is more thoroughgoing than ... More


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