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Literature and the Creative Economy$
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Sarah Brouillette

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804789486

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804789486.001.0001

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Valuing the Arts in Ian McEwan’s Saturday

Valuing the Arts in Ian McEwan’s Saturday

7 Valuing the Arts in Ian McEwan’s Saturday
Literature and the Creative Economy

Sarah Brouillette

Stanford University Press

Ian McEwan's 2005 novel Saturday presents music and the visual arts as things that protagonist Henry Perowne uses to prop up his elite status. It presents literature, the medium that Henry fails to appreciate, as holding the most potential to act as what Russell Keat calls a “meta-good,” meaning a good that may cause us to reflect upon the relative value of other kinds of goods. However, taking on New Labour's social inclusion policies in particular, the novel suggests that, given the vast split between the life prospects of the professional elite and a growing underclass, exposure to elite culture will not in and of itself foster authentic inclusion.

Keywords:   Ian McEwan, Saturday, New Labour, cultural policy, social inclusion, social class

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