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Ian McEwan (b. 1948)

A selective list of literary criticism for British novelist Ian McEwan, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


Cowley, Jason "Terror and the UK." A profile of Ian McEwan. Writes Cowley: "He is the closest thing we have to a 'national novelist': one who can speak to and for the nation at times of crisis." New Statesman 18 July 2005.

McEwan, Ian. "Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero." Ian McEwan discusses Sept. 11 in an interview on Frontline (PBS).

A roundup article in the Guardian (UK) provides an introduction to Ian McEwan and links to additional Guardian articles and interviews.

A profile of Ian McEwan from the BBC.

Childs, Peter. "Ian McEwan." A substantial introduction to Ian McEwan. On The Cement Garden (1978); The Comfort of Strangers (1981); The Child in Time (1987); The Innocent (1990); Black Dogs (1992); Enduring Love (1997); Amsterdam (1998); Atonement (2001); Saturday (2005). From the Literary Encyclopedia, 08 January 2001 [subscription service].

literary criticism

Finney, Brian. "Briony's Stand against Oblivion: The Making of Fiction in Ian McEwan's Atonement." Journal of Modern Literature 27, 3 (Winter, 2004), pp. 68-82 [free at jstor].

Kermode, Frank. "Point of View" [Atonement]. London Review of Books 23, 19 (4 October 2001).

Lynn, David; and Ian McEwan. "A Conversation with Ian McEwan." The Kenyon Review 29, 3 (Summer, 2007), pp. 38-51 [free at jstor].

Ross, Michael L. "On a Darkling Planet: Ian McEwan's Saturday and the Condition of England." Twentieth Century Literature 254, 1 (Spring, 2008), pp. 75-96 [free at jstor].

Wallace, Elizabeth Kowaleski. "Postcolonial Melancholia in Ian McEwan's Saturday." Studies in the Novel 39, 4 (Winter, 2007), pp. 465-480 [free at jstor].

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