XU ENGL Thesis Projects Spring 2015

Sarris Balcerzak

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Behind the Curtain:

The Feeling of “oz” in Ian McEwan’s Atonement

More commonly associated with short stories, the surprise reveal of the true narrator of Atonement forces smart readers to reread and reinterpret an already intellectual plot line. In my thesis, I call this reaction “oz” and argue for the ethical benefits of this newly named emotion.

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