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2. Chapters 1-4: “Finding Bearable Aspects to Unbearable Experiences”
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore Chapters 1-4 of the novel, in which Sassoon arrives at Craiglockhart, and in which we meet army psychiatrist William Rivers. In particular, we focus on the Sassoon’s ‘Soldier’s Declaration’ that opens the novel, the description of Burns’ experience in the war (“so vile, so disgusting, that Rivers could find no redeeming feature”), and Rivers’ conversation with Sassoon near the end of Chapter 4.
In this course, we explore Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’. Set in 1917 in Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, the novel follows psychiatrist William Rivers as he treats shell-shocked soldiers, including the poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. This course sees Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) read through novel chapter-by-chapter, focusing on key moments and episodes in the novel, thinking about the wider themes and issues with which this rich, complex, and enjoyable novel is engaged.
John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.
Cite this Lecture
McRae, J. (2018, August 15). Pat Barker: Regeneration - Chapters 1-4: “Finding Bearable Aspects to Unbearable Experiences” [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/pat-barker-regeneration/chapters-1-4-finding-bearable-aspects-to-unbearable-experiences
McRae, J. "Pat Barker: Regeneration – Chapters 1-4: “Finding Bearable Aspects to Unbearable Experiences”." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/pat-barker-regeneration/chapters-1-4-finding-bearable-aspects-to-unbearable-experiences