Titel: D. H. Lawrence and 'difference': Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present
Autor/en: Amit Chaudhuri
OXFORD UNIV PR
Juli 2003 - gebunden - 240 Seiten
This important study from the prizewinning novelist and critic Amit Chaudhuri explores D. H. Lawrence's position as a "foreigner" in the English canon. Focussing on the poetry, Chaudhuri examines how Lawrence's works, and Lawrence himself, have been read, and misread, in terms of their "difference." This is the first time that Lawrence's poetry has been discussed in the light of post-colonial and post-structuralist theory; it is also the first time a leading post-colonial writer of his generation has taken as his subject a major canonical English writer, and, through him, remapped the English canon as a site of "difference."
Introduction; 1. Lawrence's 'Author-God'; 2. Intertextuality in Birds, Beasts and Flowers; 3. Lawrence's Pictography; 4. An Alternative Aesthetic; 5. Conclusion: Lawrence's 'Difference' and the Working Class; Bibliography
Amit Chaudhuri is a well-known novelist and critic. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and Granta; and his works have appeared in most major publications in the world, including the New Yorker, the New Republic, the Observer, and the Guardian. In 2000, Chaudhuri was named as one of the Observer's 21 Writers for the Millennium.
Awards for his fiction include: first prize in the Betty Trask Awards; the Commonwealth Literature Prize for Best First Book (Eurasia); the Society of Authors' Encore Prize for Best Second Novel; the Southern Arts Literature Prize; and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. His third novel, Freedom Song, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and one of the New York Public Library's 25 Books to Remember, 2000.
In some superbly original chapters, crafted with the attunement to verbal detail of a practising poet, [Chaudhuri] shows that Lawrence's poems are less framed and finished products than fragments of a larger discourse. Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books ... genuinely groundbreaking and exciting ... This is a poet's criticism, shrewd and deft, full of inside knowledge and technical know-how. Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books D. H. Lawrence and 'Difference' is probably the single best study of Lawrence's poetry to date Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books Through the sheer cumulative force of its carefully nuanced readings, Amit Chaudhuri's argument is wholly convincing. Anne Fernihough, Times Literary Supplement The book forces us to rethink Lawrence's relationship to the larger questions of Modernism, class, Englishness, Western civilization, and Literature as a whole. Anne Fernihough, Times Literary Supplement One gets the sense, on reading this study, of someone actually reading Lawrence rather than looking for, and finding, what they expect to find. Instead of bringing pre-formed moral and critical prejudices to bear on his reading, Chaudhuri develops a theoretical framework to accommodate his extraordinary data. Anne Fernihough, Times Literary Supplement Chaudhuri is excellent on Lawrence's encounter with non-European cultures, as in Mornings in Mexico, but also on simplistic attempts to recuperate him as the noble savage of modernism. David Wheatley, Irish Times D.H. Lawrence and Difference succeeds in making us appreciate how much more there is to Lawrence than we know or think we know. David Wheatley, Irish Times