Remembering the First World War after 9/11: Pat Barker’s life class and Toby’s Room

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2017) Remembering the First World War after 9/11: Pat Barker’s life class and Toby’s Room. In: Memory and the wars on terror: Australian and British perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Houndmills, United Kingdom, pp. 111-123. ISBN 978-3-319-56975-8


Pat Barker’s most famous novels are her Regeneration trilogy (1991-1995), culminating in the Booker Prize-winning novel, The Ghost Road. Her most recent novels, Life Class (2007) and Toby’s Room (2012), return to the subject of the First World War with a different focus: non-combative personnel in the war. What has changed in a global sense between the publication of the trilogy and the more recent novels is, of course, the occurrence of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the subsequent war in Afghanistan and Iraq. While there has been a great deal of critical focus on the significance of 9/11 for our understanding of another of Barker’s late novels, Double Vision (2003), its influence on representations of war, trauma and violence in Life Class and Toby’s Room has not been discussed. This chapter explores how the events of 9/11 may have altered perceptions and representations of earlier conflict – in this case, the First World War.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2018 04:35
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2018 03:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pat Barker, WWI, 9/11, war, trauma, violence
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56976-5_6

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