Reclaiming D. H. Lawrence : contemporary writers speak out /
Gary Adelman.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
181 p. ; 24 cm.
0838755283 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
0838755283 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 162-164) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-02-01:
Having encountered hostility toward Lawrence in student seminars, Adelman (Univ. of Illinois; author of Retelling Dostoyevsky: Literary Responses and Other Observations, Jul'01; Snow of Fire: Symbolic Meaning in The Rainbow and Women in Love, CH, Nov'91; and other works) set out to rehabilitate the novelist-critic-poet. The author investigates the anomaly of Lawrence's diminished stature in academia versus his acknowledged influence and appreciation outside the university. Nearly 100 practicing novelists and poets--including A.S. Byatt, John Hollander, Thom Gunn, and Cynthia Ozick--responded to Adelman's queries of whether Lawrence influenced or "clarified things" for them. Excerpting their responses throughout the book, Adelman first discusses writers' reactions and his students' reactions to reading Lawrence. He goes on to reexamine Women in Love, "The Woman Who Rode Away," "The Princess," and St. Mawr, citing Carol Siegel's and Anne Fernihough's recent revisionist studies to filter out ideological blocks. His analysis of selections from Birds, Beasts and Flowers and Last Poems underscores the disconnect between professors of English and the responding working poets' reverence for Lawrence as a great poet. In a final chapter, "Political Correctness, Working Poets, and Lawrence's Poetry," a guide for teaching Lawrence, he discusses his syllabus and course plan and student critiques. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. C. Kohl emerita, Dutchess Community College
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This book explores the space that has opened between academic critics and working writers on the subject of D. H. Lawrence. Twenty years ago Lawrence was considered one of the most astonishing writers of the twentieth century. Subsequently, the foregrounding of obnoxious ideas associated with his art led to a phenomenal decline in his reputation at the university. He is little taught, and the books that are written about him invariably begin with a postmortem on his stature. At the same time, he remains an important if not key figure to working writers, especially poets, who regard him as one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. This book is full of voices from inside and outside the academy: students who can not and will not engage with his art; professors who condemn him for pathological sexism; Lawrence himself, who in characteristic fits of excess creates his own caricature as a sexist, crypro-fascist, and racist; and especially working writers, some seventy novelists and poets,whose correspondence (quoted at length) significantly contributes to the perception of the anomaly this book explores. The overarching design and commentary try to foster an appreciation for the Lawrence novelists and poets esteem.
Table of Contents
Lawrence in Questionp. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Introductionp. 15
What Lawrence Means to Today's Readersp. 23
Aesthetics and Ideologyp. 61
Political Correctness, Working Poets, and Lawrence's Poetryp. 105
Afterwordp. 154
Notesp. 157
Bibliographyp. 162
Biographies of Contributing Writersp. 165
Indexp. 175
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