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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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‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: Saturday

‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: Saturday

(p.177) 9 ‘Accidents of character and circumstance’: Saturday
Ian McEwan

Dominic Head

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the character and circumstance in Ian McEwan's novel Saturday. It shows that this novel's treatment of the competing claims of literature and medicine is more thoroughgoing than Atonement, even though still more extravagant claims for the literary are pressed, and also questioned. This novel implies a new form of social accountability in the light of advances in genetic science and considers a new model of responsibility.

Keywords:   Saturday, Ian McEwan, literature, medicine, Atonement, social accountability, genetic science, model of responsibility

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