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Ian McEwan's Enduring Love

A Routledge Study Guide, 1st Edition

By Peter Childs


160 pages

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Ian McEwan is one of Britain's most inventive and important contemporary writers. Also adapted as a film, his novel Enduring Love (1997) is a tale of obsession that has both troubled and enthralled readers around the world. Renowned author Peter Childs explores the intricacies of this haunting novel to offer:

  • an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of Enduring Love
  • a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present
  • a selection of new and reprinted critical essays on Enduring Love, by Kiernan Ryan, Sean Matthews, Martin Randall, Paul Edwards, Rhiannon Davies and Peter Childs, providing a range of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Enduring Love and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds it.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Text and Contexts The Text. The Author. Literary Contexts. Cultural Contexts Part 2: Critical History Part 3: Critical Readings After the Fall Kiernan Ryan 'I Don't Want Your Story': Open and Fixed Narratives in Enduring Love Martin Randall Enduring McEwan Rhiannon Davies Solipsism, Narrative and Love in Enduring Love Paul Edwards Seven Types of Unreliability Sean Matthews 'Believing is Seeing': The Eye of the Beholder Peter Childs Part 4: Adaptations Part 5: Further Reading and Web Resources

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General