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DOI: 10.26170/FK19-03-22
Abstract: The article discusses the specifics of the image of the city in the McEwan’s novels Saturday and The Children Act, the article aims to show that his image of the city is different from the image of the city (in particular, of London) in postmodernist prose from. Novels of this writer, one of the recognized leaders of modern British prose, illustrate the processes in it. The image of London in modern English literature is very common, which allows to draw conclusions about some dynamic processes in fiction. Choosing as the object of study two recent novels of the writer, the author takes into account their structural and ideological similarities, including the principles of the embodiment of the London space as a subject of study. At the same time, drawing conclusions, we also take into account our previous experience of analyzing the works of Ian McEwan. After analyzing the parameters of the spatial image and its function in the novels Saturday and The Children Act, we conclude that the image is created by concise means, it is fundamentally ideological and becomes one of the main ways of expressing the author’s idea. London in the novels is the “home” space of the heroes, embodying orderliness and beauty and confirming the idea that the high middle class exists in the novels of the writer in terms of the achieved utopia, family and social harmony, which is sometimes broken by unpleasant events. But everything is restored due to the fact that the heroes of the modern novels of Ian McEwan are high professionals capable of supporting personal and social life for themselves and their country. The results of the study can be used in the teaching of modern foreign literature, as well as for further research of spatial images in literature.
Key words: ENGLISH LITERATURE; BRITISH LITERATURE; BRITISH WRITERS; LITERARY CREATION; NOVELS; IMAGE OF THE CITY; URBAN SPACE

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Khabibullina, L. F. The Space of London in the I. Mcewan’s Novels Saturday (2005) and the Children’s Act (2014) / L. F. Khabibullina // Philological Class. – 2019. – №3 (57). – P. 156-160. DOI 10.26170/FK19-03-22.