Identification or Exploitation? The Evolution of the Gothic as Metaphor for Trauma in Pat Barker’s Regeneration and Double Vision

  • Ashlee Joyce


This chapter undertakes a comparative analysis of Pat Barker’s Regeneration (1991) and Double Vision (2003), arguing that these two works enact on a micro scale the progression identified in this volume towards greater troubling of trauma fiction’s ethical claims, and tying this progression to the more media-saturated landscape that characterizes post-9/11 witnessing. It identifies how the Gothic evolves within the two works—in Regeneration, Gothic tropes like haunted settings, antagonistic landscapes, ruins, the sublime, and abjected human remains function to reflect the traumatized minds of both the victims of war trauma and the individuals responsible for their care, while in Double Vision, these same tropes reappear but are harnessed metafictionally in order to highlight how they may further exploit and disenfranchise victims, troubling assumptions of reader empathy.


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  • Ashlee Joyce
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  1. 1.University of New BrunswickFrederictonCanada

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