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D.H. Lawrence and the paradoxes of psychic life [electronic resource] / Barbara Ann Schapiro.
D.H. Lawrence and the paradoxes of psychic life [electronic resource] / Barbara Ann Schapiro.
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SUNY series in psychoanalysis and culture
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 143-149) and index.
Lawrence and this (female psychoanalytic) reader -- Lawrence and psychoanalytic relational theories -- Intersubjectivity -- Intersubjectivity, gender, and domination: Jessica Benjamin's theory -- Lawrence's biography -- Previous psychoanalytic criticism of Lawrence -- An intersubjective approach to Lawrence: polarities and paradoxes -- Sons and lovers -- Gertrude and Paul: the depressed mother and the dependent child -- Miriam and Paul: self-mistrust and the failure of otherness -- Clara and Paul: depersonalization and the psyche/soma split -- Walter, Baxter, and Paul: the rejected father and the need for recognition -- Paul: the maternal heritage -- The short stories -- "New Eve and old Adam," "Odour of chrysanthemums," "The shadow in the rose garden," "Sun": mutual recognition and the bodily self -- "The Prussian officer," "The blind man," "The princess," "The woman who rode away": intersubjective collapse and the domination-submission polarity -- "The horse-dealer's daughter": confronting shame and the struggle to love -- The rainbow -- Tom and Lydia: sustaining the maternal identification and the development of faith -- Anna and Will: deficiency, shame, and the will to dominate -- Ursula and others: intersubjectivity and the quest for authenticity -- Women in love -- Gerald and Gudrun: the sadomasochistic scenario -- Birkin and Gerald: seeking the narcissistic ideal -- Birkin and Ursula: maintaining the vital tension.
"Contributing to the debate about D.H. Lawrence's relationship with and fictional portrayal of women, this book discusses how the dynamic tensions of his art dramatically reenact the competing forces of psychic and relational life. In her examination of Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, and various short stories, Schapiro discusses how Lawrence's best works reveal a continual struggle to recognize and be recognized by the other as an independent subject. Drawing on Jessica Benjamin's psychoanalytic theory of intersubjectivity, she also demonstrates how a breakdown of balanced subject-subject relations in his texts gives rise to defensive polarities of gender and of domination and submission."--Jacket.
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