Scholarly Criticism

about Ian McEwan's Writings

This selected list of scholarly criticism, profiles, and literary essays about Ian McEwan's writing is undoubtedly incomplete, so please feel free to contact the webmaster with additional citations or links.

Nayebpour, Karam. 'Intramental Fictional Minds in Ian McEwan’s Amsterdam and On Chesil Beach.' Forum for World Literature Studies (FWLS), 6:4, December 2014: 618-635.

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

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].

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).

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

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

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

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].

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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].

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].

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.

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

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

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

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].

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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].

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

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].

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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