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D. H. Lawrence, Transport and Cultural Transition

'A Great Sense of Journeying'


About this book


This book discusses D. H. Lawrence’s interest in, and engagement with, transport as a literal and metaphorical focal point for his ontological concerns. Focusing on five key novels, this book explores issues of mobility, modernity and gender. First exploring how mechanized transportation reflects industry and patriarchy in Sons and Lovers, the book then considers issues of female mobility in The Rainbow, the signifying of war transport in Women in Love, revolution and the meeting of primitive and modern in The Plumed Serpent, and the reflection of dystopian post-war concerns in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Appealing to Lawrence, modernist, and mobilities researchers, this book is also of interest to readers interested in early twentieth century society, the First World War and transport history.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Andrew F. Humphries is Senior Lecturer in English Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, specialising in twentieth-century literature and modernism. He has also taught on courses in British Drama, Victorian Literature and on the theme of Childhood and Children in Literature. He is co-editor with Adrienne E. Gavin of two books: the international award-winning Childhood in Edwardian Fiction: Worlds Enough and Time and Transport in British Fiction: Technologies of Movement 1840-1940.

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“IN THIS EXCELLENT, INNOVATIVE STUDY, Andrew F. Humphries has written an integrated cultural, theoretical, and close-textual reading of five major novels of D. H. Lawrence … . I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend this innovative, persuasively revisionist discussion of Lawrence’s major novels. Each chapter offers surprising and convincing readings of the fiction. I suspect that D. H. Lawrence and Transport will be a standard scholarly work for years to come.” (Peter Balbert, English Literature in Transition 1880-1920, Vol. 62 (1), 2019)

“Andrew Humphries’s timely monograph offers an in-depth exploration of D. H. Lawrence’s fascination with technologies of transport, and of the multiple ways in which this fascination informs his major novels. … Humphries’s study will thus be welcomed by students and scholars of modernist literature, as well as by those interested in the intersection of technologies of transport with the literature and culture … Humphries consistently and skilfully blends close textual analysis with rich contextual detail … .” (Emma Short, The Journal of Transport History, Vol. 39 (1), 2018)