Desire and Negation: the Dialectics of Passion in D. H. Lawrence
After nearly a century, the presence of D. H. Lawrence as a mode of sensibility should be coming into greater definition. Now, any discussion of his writings that does not relate to his dialectics of ‘passion’ — his insistent concern (it is, indeed, his own word) and his ultimate value — can hardly be said to respond to the existential core of Lawrence. Should we say, then, as does one noted admirer, that ‘he had a positive passion for life?’ That does not tell us much, for Lawrence also had a passion for denial and death, an emphatic focus of so much of his writing. Other bland apologetics for a ‘love ethic’, ‘a love of the natural world’, or just ‘love’, also serve as reductive neutralisations of the peculiarity and extremity we experience with him.
KeywordsFoam Amid Schizophrenia Coherence Posit
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