Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives

Author(s): Sebastian Groes

Literary theory

Ian McEwan is one of the most significant, and controversial, British novelists working today. His books are both critically - and academically - acclaimed and embraced by readers across the world. Although primarily a novelist, he has also written short stories, television plays, a libretto, a children's book and a film adaptation. Across these many forms his work retains a distinctive character that explores questions of morality, place and history, nationhood, sexuality and gender. Now fully updated for its second edition, this guide brings together a collection of new critical perspectives on McEwan's oeuvre, not only covering the early works and his writing for the screen but also incorporating detailed and original analyses of the later work, including new readings of his latest books, Solar and Sweet Tooth. With an updated and extended guide to further critical reading on McEwan, the book also includes an interview with the author himself, a chronology of his life, work and times and the full text of a lost early McEwan short story.


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With a new chapter on Solar, this is an up-to-date guide to critical writing on Ian McEwan, including an interview with the author.

"Ian McEwan is Britain's most consistently interesting and rewarding novelist and in this collection of essays his work receives the criticism it deserves. The contributors are thorough and intelligent, whether focused on the early stories, recent work like Atonement and Saturday, or even McEwan's screenwriting, and combine impeccable scholarship with lucidity that will make these essays accessible to the wide audience they ought to find. The chronology, suggestions for further reading, and an interview with McEwan are bonuses." - Professor Merritt Moseley, University of North Carolina, USA "This milestone collection of essential reading addresses for the first time from multiple challenging and original perspectives the writing of Britain's foremost contemporary novelist." - Professor Peter Childs, University of Gloucestershire, UK ... provides a valuable contribution to the growing corpus of literary criticism on Ian McEwan and Groes has done a good job in collecting together interesting and new readings of his fiction. -- In The Year's Work In English Studies, Volume 90

Sebastian Groes is Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton University, UK.

Series Editors' Preface \ Acknowledgements \ Preface: Ian McEwan and the Rational Mind, Matt Ridley \ Introduction: A Cartography of the Contemporary: Mapping Newness in the Work of Ian McEwan, Sebastian Groes \ Chronology \ 1. Surreal Encounters in McEwan's Early Work, Jeanette Baxter \ 2. 'Profoundly Dislocating and Infinite in Possibility': Ian McEwan's Screenwriting, M. Hunter Hayes and Sebastian Groes \ 3. The Innocent as Anti-Oedipal Critique of Cultural Pornography, Claire Colebrook \ 4. War of the Words: Atonement and the Question of Plagiarism, Natasha Alden \ 5. Postmodernism and the Ethics of Fiction in Atonement, Alistair Cormack \ 6. Ian McEwan and Modernist Time: Atonement and Saturday, Laura Marcus \ 7. Ian McEwan and the Modernist Consciousness of the City in Saturday, Sebastian Groes \ 8. On Chesil Beach: Another 'Overrated' Novella? Dominic Head \ 9. Solar: An Ecocritical Reading, Greg Garrard \ Journeys without Maps: An Interview with Ian McEwan, Jon Cook, Sebastian Groes and Victor Sage \ Further Reading \ Index.

General Fields

  • : 9781441139221
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • : June 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Sebastian Groes
  • : Paperback
  • : 208