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Title: Class experience in McEwan's atonement
Authors: Fraser, Ian
Keywords: Atonement
E. P. Thompson
Ian McEwan
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis Group
Citation: FRASER, I., 2013. Class experience in McEwan's atonement. Critique - Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 54 (4), pp. 465 - 477.
Abstract: Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel Atonement has attracted a number of different interpretations across many themes. However, there has been little attention paid to the issue of class in this work. I seek to rectify this lacuna by offering an examination of the novel utilizing the understanding of class developed by E. P. Thompson. Thompson understands class as a historical relationship that is developed over time and is associated with core concepts such as class experience, class consciousness, class struggle, class hegemony, and fetishism. I use these categories to examine the main characters such as Robbie, Cecilia, and Paul Marshall to illuminate and enhance our understanding of the class contradictions present in the novel. This not only demonstrates the richness of Thompson's framework but also the quality of McEwan's own writing on what he sees as the important issue of class. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Description: This article is closed access.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1080/00111619.2012.656208
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18034
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00111619.2012.656208
ISSN: 0011-1619
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