Perspectives

To develop a better understanding of Ian McEwan’s “Dead as They Come” you may find it helpful to put the text in perspective by looking at the literary period, similar works, or works by the same author.…

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Literary period

Ian McEwan is a contemporary writer whose works largely fall within the literary movement called Postmodernism, which began to develop after World War II.

Post-modernism is usually …

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Works with the same theme

A short story which also explores aspects related to relationships and is filled with subtle sexual allusions to exhibitionism and voyeurism is “Why Don't You Dance?” (1981) by Raymond Carver. In the story, a young couple stops by a yard sale organised by a middle-aged man and the three of them begin drinking and eventually dancing in the driveway.

“Country Lovers” (1980) by Nadine Gordimer explores interracial love and …

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