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978-1-4985-3987-6 • Hardback • February 2018 • $122.00 • (£94.00)
978-1-4985-3988-3 • eBook • February 2018 • $110.00 • (£85.00)
Tomasz Dobrogoszcz is assistant professor of English at the University of Lodz
Part 1: Beginnings
Chapter 1: Disturbing Proximity and Grotesque Proportions When It Comes to First Love, Last Rites and In Between the Sheets
Chapter 2: The Oedipal Siblings in The Cement Garden of Eden
Chapter 3: Anchoring The Comfort Of Strangers in the Sadistic Paternal Superego
Part 2: Developments
Chapter 4: The Child in Time and the Child Within
Chapter 5: The Precariousness of The Innocent Childish Masculinity
Chapter 6: The Traumatic Encounter with Black Dogs and the Real
Chapter 7: Enduring Love, Childlessness, Unreliability, and the Enigma of the Other’s Desire
Part 3: Maturity
Chapter 8: The Path Toward Death via Amsterdam
Chapter 9: The Recognition of Otherness in the Fantasy of Atonement
Chapter 10: The Pacifying Saturday Fantasy of a Non-pacifist
Chapter 11: The Big Other Is Watching You Even On Chesil Beach
Part 4: Recent Fiction
Chapter 12: Solar and the Unbearable Heaviness of Desire
Chapter 13: The Opalescent Sweet Tooth of Deceptive Manipulation
Chapter 14: How The Children Act to Effect the Split Between Psychological and Symbolic Identity
Chapter 15: Craving the Mother’s Desire in a Nutshell
Conclusion: Love Will Tear Us Apart?
An excellent blend of critical explication and close analysis; Dobrogoszcz deftly and originally combines thought-provoking elucidation of the novels with a consistent theoretical perspective throughout.
— Peter Childs
Dobrogoszcz’s study of McEwan’s fiction is marked by an exemplary scope and focus on detail. It offers exciting and up-to-date readings of individual texts and of the oeuvre as a whole. This study is a stimulating guide to the complexities of character relationships in McEwan’s work. Dobrogoszcz’s Lacanian approach is presented with such lucidity and relevance that readers who read texts from other perspectives will be convinced and enlightened.
— David Malcolm, University of Gdansk
Dobrogoszcz’s up-to-date book about family and amorous relationships in Ian McEwan’s work is a fine addition to McEwan studies. Building on existing McEwan criticism, his explorations are comprehensive, rigorous, and provide powerfully insightful interpretations of the role of emotions and (post-)Freudian psychology in the work of one of today’s finest living writers. Dobrogoszcz reads McEwan from the early short stories through Nutshell, showing that parental inadequacy, selfishness and other behavioral shortcomings are a recipe for disaster, often tragic, always human.
— Sebastian Groes, University of Wolverhampton