Paper Information

Journal:   NAMEH-YE OLUM-E EJTEMAI   February 2004 , Volume 11 , Number 2 (22); Page(s) 147 To 166.
 
Paper: 

LIFE IN THE METROPOLIS: A CRITICAL READING OF IAN MCEWANS THE CHILD IN TIME

 
 
Author(s):  PAYANDEH HOSSEIN*
 
* Allameh Tabatabaee University Tehran, Iran
 
Abstract: 

This paper provides a critical reading of the contemporary English author Ian McEwans third novel, entitled The Child in Time (1987). Arguing that McEwan writes to dissect and criticize contemporary culture, I offer a reading of his novel as a literary intervention into a cultural debate. In my reading, I consider the text to be a dream about certain events and characters that are the metaphoric representations of a psychic structure. More than the psyche of the author as an individual, this structure pertains to contemporary society and its predominant culture. Therefore, my purpose is not to read McEwans novel in order to identify his assumed repressed wishes or personal fantasies, but to analyse the narrative as a literary construct that gives us access to a societal unconscious. The nightmarish world that McEwan depicts in his fiction, in other words, is regarded as the social context out of which the individual's self is shaped‏.‏

 
Keyword(s): SOCIETAL UNCONSCIOUS, FEMININITY, THE FAMILY, CHILD REARING, METROPOLIS, SATIRE, THATCHERISM
 
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