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General Criticism

Articles on specific novels are located on the corresponding book webpage.
Non-English Criticism is linked from the Bibliography & Criticism webpage.


Mellors, John. 'Five Good Novels', The Listener, 28 September 1978: 410.

Hayman, Ronald. 'Ian McEwan's Moral Anarchy', Books and Bookmen, 24, October 1978: 15-16.

Harris, Helen. 'Burial Rites', London Magazine, 18:11, February 1979: 104-105.

Pile, Stephen. 'Atticus: Plagued by Plagiarism', The Times (London), 22 November 1981: 32e.

Blom, J. M. and L. R. L.R. Leavis. 'Current Literature 1981', English Studies, 63:5, 1982: 430-445.

Barnes, Anne, '...Men & Women', The Times (London), 2 December 1982: 1.

Fletcher, John, 'Ian McEwan', Dictionary of Literary Biography, edited by Jay L. Halio 14, (Gale Research Company, Detroit, 1983): 495-500.

Hilský, Martin. 'Nová Jména Britské Prózy: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, William Boyd. (New Names in British Fiction: Ian McEwan, Martin Amis, William Boyd.)', Svetová literatura: revue zahranicnich literatur, 28:4, 1983: 228-231.

Lindman-Strafford, Kerstin, 'Scream Quietly ! Violence in Contemporary British Writing', Three Lectures on Literature in English, edited by Roger D. Sell (Åbo Akademi, Åbo, 1983): 11-20.

Coleman, John. 'Films: Making History', New Statesman, 27 May 1983: 26.

Imeson, Jo. 'The Imitation Game', Monthly Film Bulletin, 50:593, June 1983: 160-161.

Forbes, Jill. 'Crossover: McEwan and Eyre', Sight & Sound, 52:4, Autumn 1983: 232-236.

Adams, Michael J., 'Ian McEwan', Postmodern Fiction: A Bio-Bibliographic Guide, edited by Larry McCaffery (Greenwood Press, New York, 1986): 459-62.

Stephen, Kathy. 'The Bright Young Man Grows Up', Sunday Times Magazine (London), 16 August 1987: 36-38.

Sinclair, Andrew. 'In Search of the Sources of the Imagination', Sunday Times (London), 13 September 1987: 59a.

Grant, Damian, Contemporary Writers: Ian McEwan, (Book Trust and the British Council, London, 1989).

McCue, Jim. 'Sex, Psyche and Salvation', The Times (London), 8 May 1990: 18.

Levy, Paul. 'Master of Gore and Perversity', Wall Street Journal, 4 September 1990: A12.

Broughton, Lynda, 'Portrait of the Subject As a Young Man: The Construction of Masculinity Ironized in "Male" Fiction', Subjectivity and Literature from the Romantics to the Present Day, edited by Philip Shaw and Peter Stockwell (Pinter, London, 1991): 135-145.

Howard, David. 'Ian McEwan', Book and Magazine Collector (London), 84, 1991: 30-36.

Lewis, Peter, 'McEwan, Ian (Russell)', Contemporary Novelists, Lesley Henderson (St James Press, Chicago and London, 1991): 621-623.

Pilkington, Edward. 'Berlin Mon Amour', The Guardian (London), 13 June 1992: 29.

'The Dreamer Who Creates Nightmares', The Daily Telegraph, 27 June 1992: 103.

Anonymous. 'McEwan, Ian', Current Biography, 54:7, July 1993: 36-40.

Brown, Richard, 'Postmodern Americas in the Fiction of Angela Carter, Martin Amis and Ian McEwan', Forked Tongues? Comparing Twentieth-Century British and American Literature, edited by Ann Massa and Alistair Stead (Longman, London, 1994): 92-110.

Reynier, Christine. 'Psychic Journey into Artistic Creation: a Reading of Ian McEwan's Reflections of a Kept Ape', Journal of the Short Story in English, 22, 1994: 115-125.

Delrez, Marc. 'Escape into Innocence: Ian McEwan and the Nightmare of History', Ariel: A Review of International English Literature, 26:2, 1995: 7-23.

Slay Jr., Jack. 'The Absurdity of Love: Parodic Relationships in Ian McEwan's "Reflections of a Kept Ape" and "Dead As They Come"', Notes on Contemporary Literature, 25:3, 1995: 4-6.

Byrnes, Christina. 'Ian McEwan--Pornographer or Prophet?', Contemporary Review, 266:1553, June 1995: 320-323.

Cochran, Angus R. B., 'Ian McEwan (1948- )', British Writers: Supplement IV, edited by George Stade and Carol Howard (Scribner's, New York, 1996): 389-408 [Essay].

Roger, Angela. 'Ian McEwan's Portrayal of Women', Forum for Modern Language Studies, 32:1, January 1996: 11-26.

Williams, Christopher. 'Ian McEwan's The Cement Garden and the tradition of the child/adolescent as "I-narrator"', Atti del XVI Convegno Nazionale dell'AIA: Ostuni (Brindisi) 14-16 ottobre 1993, Schena Editore, Fasano di Puglia, 1996: 211-223 [Essay; Full-text is available in .pdf format].

Daoust, Phil. 'Post-Shock Traumatic', The Guardian (London), 4 August 1997: 2, 6 [Profile].

Patton, Lucy. 'Ian McEwan Makes It on to Whitbread Shortlist', The Guardian (London), 11 November 1997: 1.

Nesson, Nicholas. 'Are the Catastrophes of Life Tragic, or Only Horrible?', Boston Globe, 8 February 1998: G2.

Delogu, C. Jon. '"Shit Happens": Grotesque-Reality in the Narrative Fictions of Ian McEwan', GRAAT: Publication des Groupes de Recherches Anglo-Americaines de l'Universite Francois Rabelais de Tours, 20, 1999: 61-71.

Von der Lippe, George B. 'Death in Venice in Literature and Film: Six 20th-Century Versions', Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature (Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg), 32:1, 1999: 35-54.

Profile -- 'The Saturday Profile - Ian Mcewan', The Scotsman, 11 September 1999: 16.

Brown, Richard. 'Ian McEwan's Ulysses', James Joyce Broadsheet, 57, October 2000: 3.

Zerweck, Bruno. 'Historicizing Unreliable Narration: Unreliability and Cultural Discourse in Narrative Fiction', Style (Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb), 35:1, Spring 2001: 151-178.

Moss, Stephen. 'The Old Guard', The Guardian (London), 6 August 2001: 2.

Rigby, Sarah. 'News & Notes', PN Review (Manchester), 28:4, March-April 2002: 2-3.

Le Barzic, David. 'ERREURS DE LECTURE DANS "BUTTERFLIES" D'IAN MCEWAN', SAES Congress, University of Metz (France), May 2002. (Also available in .pdf format).

Davies, Rhiannon. ‘Enduring McEwan.’ In: Daniel Lea and Berthold Schoene (eds). Posting the Male: Masculinities in Post-war and Contemporary British Literature. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2003, pp. 105-23.

James, David. '"A Boy Stepped Out": Migrancy, Visuality, and the Mapping of Masculinities in Later Fiction of Ian McEwan.' Textual Practice, 17:1, Spring 2003: 81-100.

Vermeule, Blakey. 'God Novels.' The Work of Fiction: Cognition, Culture, and Complexity. Eds. Alan Richardson and Ellen Spolsky. Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2004. 147-65.

Payandeh, Hossein. 'Life in the Metropolis: A Critical Reading of Ian McEwan's The Child in Time', Tehran University Journal of Social Science, 11:2, February 2004.

Payandeh, Hossein. 'The Universal Pandemic of Violence: A Narratological Reading of Ian McEwan's Black Dogs', The Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 2:1, Winter 2004.

Palacios-González, Manuela. 'Ian McEwan y la lectura zozobrante.' Creadores de evocación. Nuevos artículos sobre relatos cortos de autores británicos contemporáneos. Ed. José Francisco Fernández-Sánchez, Almería: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Almería, 2005: 121-131 [Full-text is available in .pdf format].

Jensen, Morten Høi. 'The Effects of Conflict in the Novels of Ian McEwan.' Copenhagen International School, 2005 [Full-text is available in .pdf format].

Hidalgo, Pilar. 'Memory and Storytelling in Ian McEwan's Atonement.'Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 46:2, Winter 2005: 82-91.

Ingersoll, Earl G. 'City of Endings: Ian McEwan's Amsterdam.' Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, 46:2, Winter 2005: 123-38.

Walkowitz, Rebecca L. 'Ian McEwan.' A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945-2000. Ed. Brian W. Shaffer. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005. 504-14.

Tönnies, Merle. 'A New Self-Conscious Turn at the Turn of the Century? Postmodernist Metafiction in Recent Works by "Established" British Writers.'Anglistik und Englischunterricht, 66, 2005: 57-82 [Includes a discussion of McEwan, Barnes, and Byatt].

Tabakowska, Elzbieta. 'Iconicity as a Function of Point of View.' Outside-In-Inside-Out: Iconicity in Language and Literature. Eds. Costantino Maeder, Olga Fischer, and William Herlofsky. Amsterdam: Benjamins; 2005. 375-87 [Discusses Atonement].

Seaboyer, Judith. 'Ian McEwan: Contemporary Realism and the Novel of Ideas.' The Contemporary British Novel Since 1980. Eds. James Acheson and Sarah C.E. Ross. Edinburgh UP 2005 / Palgrave 2006. 23-34.

Payandeh, Hossein. Life Is Nothign But Love. 2006 [Essay on "To and Fro"; Available in .pdf, courtesy of the author].

Wells, Juliette. "Shades of Austen in Ian McEwan's Atonement" Persuasions." The Jane Austen Journal 30 (2008) : 101-112.

Schoene, Berthold. 'Families against the World: Ian McEwan.' The Cosmopolitan Novel. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009. 37-65.

Garrard, Greg. 'Ian McEwan's Next Novel and the Future of Ecocriticism', Contemporary Literature 50.4 (Winter 2009): 695-720

Anthony, Andrew. 'Ian McEwan: The literary novelist with a popular appeal.' Observer, 28 February 2010.

Garrard, Greg.'Reading as an Animal: Ecocriticism and Darwinism in Margaret Atwood and Ian McEwan', in Local Natures, Global Responsibilities, ed. L. Volkmann, I. Detmers, N. Grimm and K. Thomson, Rodopi Press 2010: 223-242 [includes discussions of The Child in Time, Enduring Love, Saturday].

Shapiro, Alexander H. 'McEwan and Forster, the Perfect Wagnerites.' The Wagner Journal 5.2 (July 2011): 20-45.

Sumera, Adam. ‘Woman and Authority in Ian McEwan’s “Conversation with a Cupboard Man” and Its Film Adaptation.’ Text Matters 1 (2011): 123-134.

Kosmalska, Joanna. ‘Dichotomous Images in McEwan’s Saturday: in Pursuit of Objective Balance.' Text Matters 1 (2011): 270-277.

Takako Takamoto. 'Does the Medical Report Have the Final Say?: Ian McEwan's Enduring Love.' Studies in English Literature--Regional Branches Combined Issue, 5, 2013: 315-324. (English).

Garrard, Greg.'The Unbearable Lightness of Green: Air Travel, Climate Change and Literature', Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 2013 (Vol.17, no.2): 175-188 [includes section on Solar alongside Michael Crichton and Helen Simpson].

Garrard, Greg.'Solar: Apocalypse Not', in Ian McEwan: Contemporary Critical Perspectives (2nd ed), ed. S. Groes, Continuum, 2013.

Novels:    The Cement Garden    The Comfort of Strangers    The Child in Time    The Innocent    Black Dogs       
Enduring Love    Amsterdam    Atonement    Saturday    On Chesil Beach   Solar   Sweet Tooth
The Children Act
Stories:    First Love, Last Rites    In Between the Sheets   
  Children's Fiction:    Rose Blanche    The Daydreamer   
Screenplays:    The Imitation Game & Other Plays    The Ploughman's Lunch    Soursweet  
Oratorio / Libretto:    Or Shall We Die?      For You

Last update: 14 December 2014
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