Regarding violence in Pat Barker's Double Vision

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2009) Regarding violence in Pat Barker's Double Vision. Peer English, 4. pp. 32-46.

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Francisco de Goya's testimony to trauma, The Disasters of War (1810–20), is conditioned by the paradox of bearing witness; it insists on its own horror, insists that that horror exceeds the viewer's empathic capacity, and insists that the generalised one' avert their gaze, while at the same time it swears to an individual act of seeing by the I', and by the eye, of the artist. Both Goya's and Pat Barker's works figure an ethical dilemma of tremendous contemporary importance: the representation of trauma and violence. These visual and literary texts consider not only what it means to see violence, but the ethical and social implications of the re–presentation', the repeated presentation, of physical and psychological pain. This essay is concerned with precisely this dilemma as it is considered in Double Vision, not only in terms of the various relationships between art and violence the novel posits, but the ways in which this arises as a dilemma for the novel itself. This essay argues that Double Vision is self–reflexively concerned with its own relationship to violence, with its own representation of violence, and with what art might be able to offer in this context beyond the possibility of redemption.

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Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: Copyright 2009 School of English, University of Leicester and English Association. This publication is copyright. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Mass Communication
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2013 02:28
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 00:22
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200526 Stylistics and Textual Analysis
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics

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