Towards a Politics of 'Filiarchy': A Critical Reading of Ian McEwan's Early Works

Fatemeh Hosseini

In terms of its gender issues, Ian McEwan's early work can be regarded as a tetralogy, the main characteristic of which is its dynamic sexual politics. This project charts this dynamism and, by drawing mainly on psychoanalytic theories on the construction of gender identities and by exploring the post-patriarchal world of his first novels, tries to characterize the politics of 'filiarchy', as opposed to patriarchy. Therefore, the project mainly focusses on the construction of fictional masculinities and the way the psychodynamics of their construction, which is associated with a phallocentric culture which undermines itself, leads to the emergence of new concepts such as 'filiarchy'. The latter (introduced here in a different sense from that used in marketing) seems to be an appropriate term to refer to a psychosocial state which is characterised by radical changes in the conceputalisation of masculine identity.

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Letzte Änderung: 04.05.2016