THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Ian McEwan Literary Criticism

Atonement

An essay by Brian Finney, a Professor at California State University, providing an extensive analysis of the characters, themes and structure of this novel, as well as discussing its literary influences and considering various critical assessments.
In this review James Wood discusses various sections of the novel, with analysis of several excerpts. He considers Atonement to be troubled by fiction's artificiality.

Enduring Love

An essay by Maxine E. Walker, a Professor of Literature at Point Loma Nazarene University, which draws on philosopher Charles Taylor's A Secular Age to explore the interaction of various topics, such as science, romanticism and theology, in McEwan's narrative.

Amsterdam

An essay by Dana Chetrinescu analzying the concept of space in the novel and how this relates to several of the main characters, with reference to several extracts.

The Cement Garden

An essay by Nick Ambler examining this novel's socio-cultural context, with emphasis on the discrepancy between the protagonist's psychological and physical worlds.

Conversation with a Cupboard Man

An essay by Richard Pedot, a Professor at University Paris Dauphine, analyzing various issues relating to the narrator's rendering of language in this short story.

Saturday

An essay by Lidia Vianu of Bucharest University discussing the representation of terror in this novel and its relationship to literary modernism.
An extensive review of the novel, discussing several themes, by James Wood for The New Republic.