Storytelling and the Concept of the "Self</I> in Ian McEwan’s "The Child in Time, Black Dogs, Enduring Love</I>, and "Atonement</I>
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0. INTRODUCTION 7 1. THE STORIED SELF IN MORAL SPACE 11 1.1 The Ethical Turn in Literary Criticism, or: Essays in Retrieval 11 1.2 Facing Contingency: Fragmentations of Self and Morality 15 1.3 Inescapable Frameworks and Shifting Horizons: 19 Towards a Narrative Concept of the Self 2. SETTING THE SCENE: THE POSTMODERN CHALLENGE 25 TO THE SELF 2.1 A Whole Supermarket of Theories: Exploring the Panorama 25 of Ian McEwan's Novels 2.2 Rising to the Challenge: Narrative (Sey=)Creation 31 3. UNFOLDING THE MAP OF LIFE: LOCATING THE SELF 39 3.1 Being a Self to Yourself: Identity and Orientation 39 3.2 Self Among Other Selves: Autonomy versus Commitment 43 4. TAKING PERSPECTIVES: STORIES OF THE SELF 49 4.1 The Poly-Storied Seif Selfhood and Cultural Tradition 49 4.2 The Two Cultures Debate: Science versus Literature 51 4.3 Metaphysician Meets Ironist: Rationalism, Scientism, 61 and Mysticism 5. AT THE CROSSROADS: THE IMPACT OF THE SINGULAR ON 71 THE CONCEPT OF THE SELF 5.1 Dealing with Epistemological Crises: Redescriptions and 71 New Horizons 5.2 Love, Loss, and Guilt: The Emotional Geography of the Self 81 6. JOURNEY' S END: ACHIEVING `AT-ONE-MENT'? 87 6.1 Towards Greater Solidarity: Introducing the Liberal Ironist 87 6.2 Tying Knots and Closing Questions? 91 5 7. CONCLUSION 97 8. WORKS CITED 101 6
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