Susan Hill: Strange Meeting

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  • Gina Wisker (University of Brighton)

Like many other writers of the contemporary period such as Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulkes, Susan Hill has chosen to recuperate a version of a historical moment, that of the First World War. Strange Meeting, named after one of Wilfred Owen's poems, concentrates on a realistic representation of relationships between young men in the trenches. Like Pat Barker's trilogy which begins with Regeneration, Hill's Strange Meeting explores the suffering of shell-shock victims, notably Harris, a young soldier who regresses to meaningless inarticulacies and to a foetal state, hiding in a gap in the cellar wall to avoid the horrors of the surrounding war. Male friendships and questions about varieties of masculinity are …

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Wisker, Gina. "Strange Meeting". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. World War 1 Literature