Miscibility of Narrative Heterogeneity: Ian McEwan’s Sweet Tooth as a Hybrid Postmodernist Metafiction

Document Type : Original Article


1 Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Khouzestan, ACECR, I.R.Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, Khouzestan, ACECR, I.R.Iran.



Delving into the narration of Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth (2012), this enquiry unravels the threads of conventional realistic narrative and avant-garde postmodernist one in the tapestry of the novel, arguing that through the miscibility of these two heterogeneous modes of narration McEwan constructs a narrative meta-design that innovatively adds an enigmatic dimension to the spy novel genre. In his dual narrative that depends on verisimilitude as well as self-conscious reflexivity, he once again, a decade after his Atonement (2002), demonstrates his literary taste for bridging the "past" and "present." Marinating his narrative in Cold War events, and adding a dash of what Linda Hutcheon calls "historiographic metafiction," he makes a postmodern signature dish that sustains its paradoxical hybridity: a representational self-reflexivity or an anti-representational reflexivity. Aligned with Monica Cojocaru's detection of a "metafictional twist" in the novel as a part of her comparative investigation, this study discusses that Sweet Tooth's dual narrative makes it eligible to wear the postmodern badge.


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Volume 5, Issue 1 - Serial Number 9
January 2023
Pages 91-106
  • Receive Date: 18 January 2022
  • Revise Date: 12 July 2022
  • Accept Date: 07 September 2022
  • First Publish Date: 04 January 2023