Although D. H. Lawrence's stock has fallen in recent times there are now signs of a revival. Of all his works, Women in Love is widely regarded as the most complex and rewarding. Apart from the classic essay by Joyce Carol Oates, all the items collected in this volume were published after 1990. Written by scholars from the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Canada, as well as the United States, they illustrate both the way recent theoretical developments in literary studies can be made relevant to readings of Lawrence and the healthy persistence of traditional methods of analysis. They also reveal Women in Love as a twentieth century classic that continues to challenge its readers and refuses to be pigeonholed. College students will find this collection an invaluable aid in their efforts to come to terms with the novel and for those of their elders who admire Lawrence it will provide a convenient and interesting way of discovering the kind of reactions he has provoked in the last fifteen years. The collection also contains a photograph of the statuette that was quite clearly the inspiration of Lawrence's description of Loerke's Lady Godiva, along with a note from the scholar who has only very recently announced its discovery.
About the Author
David Ellis is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury. His previous books include D. H. Lawrence: Dying Game 1922-1930 (Volume 3: The Cambridge Biography of D. H. Lawrence).
Table of Contents
Introduction, DAVID ELLIS
Lawrence's Götterdämmerung: The Tragic Vision of Women in Love, JOYCE CAROL OATES
The First "Women in Love", JOHN WORTHEN
Into the Ideological Unknown: Women in Love, DAVID PARKER
Lawrence in Another Light: Women in Love and Existentialism, JOHN B. HUMMA
Ars Erotica or Scientia Sexualis?: Narrative Vicissitudes in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, GERALD DOHERTY
The Myth of the Fall in Women in Love, JACK F. STEWART
Entrapment and Escape in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, BETHAN JONES
Totem, Taboo, and Blutbrüderschaft in D.H. Lawrence's Women in Love, CAROLA M. KAPLAN
Violence in Women in Love, MARK KINKEAD-WEEKES
The Dialogue with the Avant-Gard in Women in Love, GINETTE KATZ-ROY
Loerke's Statuette, J.B. BULLEN