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Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker

Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker


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Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker

Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker brings together an international roster of scholars who pay detailed attention to the work and career of this prize-winning British writer, providing critical insight into each of her nine novels, from Union Street (1982) through the Regeneration trilogy to Double Vision (2003).

The eighteen essays in the volume are organized into five sections: Writing Working-Class Women, Dialogue under Pressure, Men at War, The Talking Cure, and Regenerating the Wasteland. Taken individually, each of the essays yields a variety of insights into Barker�s fictions. The collection provides a fresh and timely overview of Barker�s oeuvre and the insights her creative exploration of society yields. It probes Barker�s keenly historicized and immensely topical preoccupations: the social and psychological ramifications of violence in war and of random violence in British villages and cities and the comforts and tensions in relationships, whether between men in war, women in postindustrial cities, or men and women in sex and marriage. The volume dissects Barker�s unflinching gaze on class, sex, murder and psychosis, and her provocative and emotionally moving images. It includes an interview with the novelist, incorporates her observations on writing her most recent novel, Double Vision, in the aftermath of wars in Bosnia and Iraq, and explores the film adaptation of Regeneration. The volume also presents Sarah Daniels�s dramatic adaptation of Barker�s novel Blow Your House Down, which has been staged but has not previously appeared in print.

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ISBN-13: 9781570035708
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mary Eagleton

"This collection covers the full range of Barker�s work and offers an impressive variety of theoretical approaches and a lively mix of criticism, dramatic adaptation, and dialogue with Barker herself. In its openness to a number of key thematic concerns-class, history, gender, violence and militarism, the psyche-and its consistently stimulating level of comment,this is the assessment for which Barker�s work has been waiting."
author of Working with Feminist Criticism and editor of A Concise Companion to Feminist Theory

Peter Hitchcock

"A timely and provocative collection on one of England�s most accomplished contemporary authors, Critical Perspectives on Pat Barker rewards our interest in a great writer by providing cogent criticism to match. After over two decades of creative endeavors that have garnered Barker numerous accolades and a Booker to boot, it is high time that academia takes a more sustained analysis of the range and nuance of her fiction, and this thoughtful volume offers us that opportunity."
author of Working Class Fiction in Theory and Practice: and Dialogics of the Oppressed

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