D.H. Lawrence : the early philosophical works : a commentary

Michael Black

This second volume of the author's commentary on Lawrence's prose-works concentrates on the sequence of non-fictional texts written between 1913 and 1917, namely the "Foreword" to "Sons and Lovers", "Study of Thomas Hardy", "Twilight in Italy", "The Crown" and "The Reality of Peace". In all of them Lawrence was compulsively rewriting what he called "my philosophy". They are difficult works, highly metaphorical, in places prophetically expressionist, even surreal. This extended commentary attempts to make sense of them, treating them as a succession of experimental writings which support each other, develop non-discursive modes of writing, and are linked by shared metaphors which reveal shared preoccupations. The analysis which enters them most usefully is like the close reading of poetry. An introductory Part 1 looks back to the early fiction treated in the first volume, to show how the young Lawrence was always preoccupied with a sense of being, of individual plenitude or flowering, of being part of a world which invites a religious response. Lawrence's youthful religious doubts were resolved neither by conventional faith nor by conventional positivism or scientism. The philosophical texts, among other things, show him turning the common modern sense of a world of scientific law into an individual feeling of being in a world which retains a sense of the divine.

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  • Acknowledgements - Cue-titles and Short titles - Introduction - The Old Stable Ego - 'My God, I am Myself!' - Things too Wonderful for Me - The Philosophical Works - 'Foreword' to Sons and Lovers - Study of Thomas Hardy - Twilight in Italy - 'The Crown' - 'The Reality of Peace' - Appendix: Lawrence and Joachim - Index

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書名 D.H. Lawrence : the early philosophical works : a commentary
著作者等 Black, Michael H.
Black Michael
出版元 Macmillan Academic and Professional
刊行年月 1991
ページ数 xi, 476 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0333461444
NCID BA13528585
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス