Conclusion: McEwan and the ‘third culture’

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:
Conclusion: McEwan and the ‘third culture’

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This concluding chapter discusses the relation of Ian McEwan's works in relation to the so-called ‘third culture’. It suggests that McEwan's contribution to the ‘third culture’ reveals structural affinities with the double consciousness of modernism and also embodies an intensification of modernist self-consciousness. This chapter suggests that McEwan's unsettling art upsets the equilibrium of knowledge and experience that modernism held out as a fleeting possibility.

Keywords: Ian McEwan; third culture; double consciousness; modernism; self-consciousness

Chapter.  3625 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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