Eluned Summers-Bremner is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. Dr. Summers-Bremner is the author of Insomnia: A Cultural History, which has been translated into six languages. In 2010 she was awarded a three-year Royal Society NZ Marsden Fund grant to research and write a book called Beyond the Blitz: Trauma and British Fiction, 1939-1950, a reading of such British wartime writers as Elizabeth Bowen, Patrick Hamilton, James Hanley, Elizabeth Taylor and Henry Green, in the context of the wartime diaries collected by the pioneering social research group Mass Observation. She also has a forthcoming book titled A History of Wandering.
Ian McEwan: Sex, Death, and History by Eluned Summers-Bremner
This book casts light on how despite Ian McEwan's commitment, by and large, to naturalistic means of telling a story, his later novels also demonstrate a concern with opacity, as characters often pursue courses of action for reasons that are unclear to them. It is this focus on enigma in McEwan’s work, whether sexual, mortal, or historical, that lends it to a psychoanalytic reading such as the kind pursued in this book.
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