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11. Chapter 17: “In her world men loved women as the fox loves the hare”
About this Lecture
In this module, we explore Chapter 17, looking in particular the conversation between Sarah and Ada, and the two women’s differing values when it comes to sex and marriage (“In her world, men loved women as the fox loves the hare…”), the conversation between Graves and Sassoon in which Sassoon challenges Graves for ‘acquiescing’ in the war (“Robert, if you had any real courage you wouldn’t acquiesce the way you do”), and the discussion between Rivers and Sassoon about homosexuality, tolerance and the government’s stance on “the right kind of love” between men, compared to “the other kind” of love.
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 - Chapter 17: “In her world men loved women as the fox loves the hare” [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/pat-barker-regeneration/chapter-17-in-her-world-men-loved-women-as-the-fox-loves-the-hare
McRae, John. "Pat Barker: Regeneration – Chapter 17: “In her world men loved women as the fox loves the hare”." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://massolit.io/courses/pat-barker-regeneration/chapter-17-in-her-world-men-loved-women-as-the-fox-loves-the-hare