Broughton, Lynda, “Portrait of the Subject as a Young Man: The Construction of Masculinity Ironized in ‘Male’ Fiction.” Subjectivity and Literature from the Romantics to the Present Day. New York: Pinter, 1991. After a general discussion of “feminist critical practice,” Broughton presents an intellectually powerful and provocative discussion of the male narrator in “Homemade” as an exemplar of contemporary masculine concerns.
Byrnes, Christina. “Ian McEwan: Pornographer or Prophet?” Contemporary Review 266, no. 1553 (June, 1995): 320-323. Succinct appraisal of McEwan’s work up to The Daydreamer, with particular emphasis on countering the stereotype of the author’s immorality.
Cochran, Angus R. B. “Ian McEwan.” In British Writers: Supplement IV, edited by George Stade. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1996. Brief summary of the writer’s life followed by a discussion of his works up to The Daydreamer. Noted scholar Cochran emphasizes the recurring themes in McEwan’s work and places the author in the broader context of British and European twentieth century fiction. Discussion enhanced by quotations from interviews and nonfictional writings by McEwan.
Hanson, Claire. Short Stories and Short Fictions, 1880-1980. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. Examines several of McEwan’s short stories in terms of their explorations of the creative process, especially McEwan’s innovative uses of form and structure.
Ricks, Christopher. “Adolesence and After: An Interview with Ian McEwan,” Listener (April 12, 1979): 527. A characteristically candid and revealing conversation, with McEwan touching on many important aspects of his short fiction.
Ryan, Kiernan. Ian McEwan. Plymouth, England: Northcote House, 1994. Discussion of McEwan’s works up to Black Dogs. Ryan counters the stereotypical portrayal of McEwan’s evolution from the introspective master of the perverse to the socially responsible male feminist, emphasizing instead McEwan’s consistent preoccupation with unsettling certainties.
Slay, Jack. Ian McEwan. New York: Twayne, 1996. An excellent overview of McEwan’s writing life, with detailed, incisive discussions of the short fiction.
Vannatta, Dennis. The English Short Story, 1945-1980: A Critical History. New York: Twayne, 1985. Identifies and explains the aesthetic strategies underlying McEwan’s use of unconventional situations, which Vannatta claims are ultimately connected to concerns that are “determinedly traditional, unrelentingly moral,” focusing on “Homemade,” “Butterflies,” “Disguises,” “Dead as They Come,” and “In Between the Sheets.”