‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: <i>Saturday</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:
‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: Saturday

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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 Atonement, even though still more extravagant claims for the literary are pressed, and also questioned. This novel implies a new form of social accountability in the light of advances in genetic science and considers a new model of responsibility.

Keywords: Saturday; Ian McEwan; literature; medicine; Atonement; social accountability; genetic science; model of responsibility

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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