The violent pacifist: ethics and disorder in Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests

Gildersleeve, Jessica and Sulway, Nike (2019) The violent pacifist: ethics and disorder in Sarah Waters' The Paying Guests. English, 68 (260). pp. 67-88. ISSN 0013-8215

Abstract

Sarah Waters’ The Paying Guests (2014) deals with the aftermath of the First World War and with the tumultuous social changes and cultural trauma experienced in its wake. However, its gradual slippage from the drama of global warfare to the shabbiness of domestic crime marks a broader observation about the failure of both the war and the law to deliver justice. In this post-war environment there is no longer any certainty about morality, guilt, or responsibility. ‘Being good’ and ‘doing good’, Waters’ novel shows, are no longer as synonymous as they might once have appeared.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication (1 July 2013 - 28 February 2019)
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 01:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: First World War; social changes; cultural trauma
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200525 Literary Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1093/english/efy057
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36075

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