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.
KeywordsConversion Experience Female Orgasm Traditional Moralist Passional Realisation Early Story
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