Families against the World: Ian McEwan

Berthold Schoene

in The Cosmopolitan Novel

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780748638154
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651795 | DOI:
Families against the World: Ian McEwan

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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 belonging, but still remains preoccupied with Europe's dark past instead of its post-1989 moment of elated reunification. The second work is Saturday, which presents the life of a successful London neurosurgeon during a day of global rallying against the approaching Iraq War.

Keywords: Ian McEwan; Anglo-British contemporaneity; Black Dogs; sense of belonging; Saturday; global rallying; Iraq War

Chapter.  12596 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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