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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Fiction of Pat Barker

ISBN 9780230293304
Publication Date June 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

Pat Barker is one of the most important authors of her time. Her fiction has won many awards – including the Booker Prize for The Ghost Road, the last novel in her celebrated Regeneration trilogy – and has attracted much critical attention.

This stimulating Guide examines the key critical responses to the full range of Barker's fiction, from newspaper reviews and journal articles to revealing interviews and book-length scholarship. Merritt Moseley also explores the central themes which run through Barker's novels and the criticism, such as the issues of gender, class, social realism, violence and trauma.

Tracing the development of Barker's fiction through the surrounding critical works, this is an indispensable volume for anyone with an interest in one of Britain's most popular and widely-studied contemporary writers.

Merritt Moseley is Professor of Literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA. He has published widely on contemporary British fiction.

A Note on Texts
1. Beginnings
2. History, Gender and Class
3. The Regeneration Trilogy
4. 'Regeneration'
5. 'The Eye in the Door'
6. 'The Ghost Road'
7. The Violence Around Us
8. Back to Front
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