D. H. Lawrence Nature, Narrative, Art, Identity

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-09-19
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book by the distinguished literary scholar John Beer offers a new interpretation of D. H. Lawrence's works during his lifetime, from his talent as a young writer to the continuing genius of his later work, and concentrating on his exceptionally acute powers of observation, both human and natural. The book shows how Lawrence's writing was based on his early career as a teacher of scientific subjects - particularly those concerning physical life. Lawrence's depiction of human beings often dwelt on subconscious motivations of which they themselves were unaware while he himself would concentrate on describing the vividness of phenomena in a manner that emphasized their semi-human nature.

Covering Lawrence's fiction, essays and poetry, John Beer pays particular attention to the writer's study of botany and the natural sciences generally, and their relevance to the idea of organic form. This is an essential read for all students and scholars of Lawrence.

Author Biography

John Beer is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Cambridge, UK, and Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, UK. His many publications- particularly on Romanticism -include Coleridge the Visionary (1959), Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence (1977), Blake's Humanism (1963), Blake's Visionary Universe (1969), Questioning Romanticism (1995), Romantic Consciousness (2004; 2012), Post-Romantic Consciousness (2004; 2012) and William Blake: A Literary Life (2005; 2007). He has edited Coleridge's Poems for Everyman's Library, his Aids to Reflection for the Collected Works and is General Editor of the series Coleridge's Writings.

Table of Contents

1. Fresh Thinking at the Turn of the Century
2. The Riddling Narrative of Nature
3. Romance, Realism and the Transformation of Narrative
4. The Vulnerability of Passion
5. Frieda von Richthofen and her Background
6. In Search of an Adequate Symbol
7. Corruption, Energy and a Flowering Moon
8. The Limitations of Transcendence
9. Negativity in Post-War Life
10. To the End of the Earth
11. Dimensions of Consciousness in the Tales
12. Probing the Contradictions of Nature
13. Tenderness and the Modes of Energy
14. Final Thoughts
15. The Nature of Lawrence's Poetry
16. An Elusive Identity

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