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:
Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)


Show Summary Details


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

Chapter.  12217 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.