Modernists at Odds: Reconsidering Joyce and Lawrence by Matthew J. Kochis, Heather L. Lusty

By Matthew J. Kochis, Heather L. Lusty

“Challenges the unhelpful polarization of Lawrence and Joyce in a lot twentieth-century literary feedback and provides exciting choices to what's without doubt a reductive method of the achievements of either writers.”—Fiona Becket, writer of The whole severe advisor to D. H. Lawrence
“A groundbreaking assortment. Sexuality, censorship, publishing, and contention are all handled with a clean eye; state-of-the-art archival study is dropped at the fore; and new views equivalent to ecocriticism are among the highlights.”—Susan Mooney, writer of The creative Censoring of Sexuality
Modernism’s such a lot contentious competitors, James Joyce and D. H. Lawrence, have been polar opposites—stylistically, for my part, and professionally—yet their lives, works, and careers endure impressive similarities. They shared a similar literary agent, released within the comparable literary magazines, fought criminal battles opposed to censorship, and have been either pirated through Samuel Roth. this can be the 1st e-book to discover the resonances among the 2 writers, shattering the ancient silence among Joyceans and Lawrentians.

The parallels run deep among those epic figures of the literary canon, and this quantity explores the vintage modernist paradoxes shared by way of the 2 writers. either have been right now syncretists and shatterers, bourgeois cosmopolitans, prudish libertines, displaced nostalgists, and rebels opposed to their local lands. contemplating mutual subject matters resembling gender, classification, horseracing, nature, faith, exile, and modernism’s fascination with Egyptology, those essays spotlight the various intersections within the significant novels and brief fiction of Joyce and Lawrence. Modernists at Odds is an extended late prolonged comparability of 2 of the main compelling writers of the 20 th century.

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G. Wilson Knight sees both Joyce and Lawrence as rump-oriented. For them the ultimate answers lie in the posterior. ” Both Joyce and Lawrence, Knight claims, “labour to interpret and redeem man in natural and human terms,” but “Lawrence tries hard to keep his mysticism close-locked to physical creation” (Knight 413). Therein lies one of the profound differences between the two. For Joyce, sex is an integrated part of life, which his characters accept as part of their beings, below as well as above the conscious level.

D. H. Lawrence Today: Literature, Culture, Politics. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. Worthen, John. D. H. Lawrence: The Life of an Outsider. New York: Perseus, 2005. 1 Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Ulysses Zack Bowen D. H. 1 Lawrence, referring to Joyce’s work, wrote to Aldous Huxley, “My God, what a clumsy olla putrida [sic] James Joyce is! Nothing but old fags and cabbage-stumps of quotations from the Bible and the rest, stewed in the juice of deliberate, journalistic dirty-mindedness” (6L 508). Of Ulysses, Lawrence said, “The last part of it is the dirtiest, most indecent, obscene thing ever written.

But for Lawrence, sex achieves an elegant mysticism, the fullest appreciation of it linked with a transcendental participation in the core of being. It is not like Joyce’s view of everyday life as casually permeated by sex; it becomes rather the source of divine understanding in Lawrence’s work, particularly Lady Chatterley’s Lover. The individual love scenes between Connie and Mellors mark new levels of increased spiritual awareness by Connie and dictate the pattern of her subsequent behavior.

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