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Unravelling the binaries: <i>The Innocent</i> and <i>Black Dogs</i>

Dominic Head

in Ian McEwan

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780719066566
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.003.0005
Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs

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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 and they both engage with international politics, and particularly with the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The binary oppositions that order the works at the levels of argument, or ideas, are systematically and purposively unravelled.

Keywords: The Innocent; Black Dogs; Ian McEwan; political writing; international politics; communism; Eastern Europe; binary oppositions

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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