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Dominic Head

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719066566

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719066566.001.0001

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Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs

Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs

(p.91) 5 Unravelling the binaries: The Innocent and Black Dogs
Ian McEwan

Dominic Head

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Ian McEwan's novels The Innocent and Black Dogs which represent a significant phase of political writing. In both works, the private-public nexus is extended in different ways and they both engage with international politics, and particularly with the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. The binary oppositions that order the works at the levels of argument, or ideas, are systematically and purposively unravelled.

Keywords:   The Innocent, Black Dogs, Ian McEwan, political writing, international politics, communism, Eastern Europe, binary oppositions

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