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"Experiments with Ethics in Contemporary British Fiction: The Lack of Stable Framework in Ian McEwan's Saturday and Julian Barnes' Arthur and George." The Ethical Component in Experimental British Fiction since the 1960's. Eds. Onega, Susana; Ganteau, Jean-Michel. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 209-231
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Abstract

This essay challenges the assumption that, as far as British writing at the beginning of the twenty-first century is concerned, experimental writing is synonymous with postmodernist writing. It is argued that two novels by Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan, both published in 2005, achieve indeterminacy as well as instability and evoke the experience o f alterity by using seemingly traditional narrative conventions, thus opening up new ways for the exploration of ethical concerns in contemporary fiction.