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

Document Type : Original Article

Authors

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.

10.34785/J014.2023.007

Abstract

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