Cruelties incomprehensible: the alienated gaze at war in Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy

Christopher Bruce Robert Bond

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Abstract

Pat Barker's Regeneration trilogy, comprising Regeneration (1991 }, The Eye in the Door (1993), and The Ghost Road (1995), adopts a transgressive gaze at war that subverts normative views of the war. The trilogy's characters occupy an alienated status that predisposes them to understand the war within non-traditional parameters. The alienated gaze is achieved via author's position as a historical fictionalist, her use of graphic and grotesque imagery, the homosexual gaze of several of the trilogy's main characters, the defiant female gaze, and finally the gaze of a peculiar spirit of a deceased Melanesian chieftain.
LanguageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date7 Dec 2016
StateUnpublished - 2016

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Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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