Pastoral and Plague: Bearing Witness to "The Fundamental Problem of Evil" in Ian McEwan's Black Dogs

Seaboyer, Judith (2014) Pastoral and Plague: Bearing Witness to "The Fundamental Problem of Evil" in Ian McEwan's Black Dogs. Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 55 5: 494-507. doi:10.1080/00111619.2013.833495


Author Seaboyer, Judith
Title Pastoral and Plague: Bearing Witness to "The Fundamental Problem of Evil" in Ian McEwan's Black Dogs
Formatted title
Pastoral and Plague: Bearing Witness to “The Fundamental Problem of Evil” in Ian McEwan's Black Dogs
Journal name Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0011-1619
1939-9138
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00111619.2013.833495
Open Access Status
Volume 55
Issue 5
Start page 494
End page 507
Total pages 14
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This essay reads Ian McEwan's Black Dogs as “literature that sets out to transform history by bearing witness” (Shoshana Felman, “Camus' The Plague” 108). It argues this is achieved in large part by means of the novel's dialogic engagement with three intertexts: the classical genre that is pastoral, Arthur Koestler's “The Yogi and the Commissar,” and Albert Camus's The Plague.
Keyword Pastoral mode
Holocaust fiction
Intertextuality
Dialogic
Bearing witness
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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