Elaine Feinstein: Lawrence and the Women: The Intimate Life of D.H. Lawrence

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  • Gina Wisker (University of Brighton)

Elaine Feinstein's study of D. H. Lawrence reveals how he has influenced Elaine Feinstein's writing and explores Lawrence's intimate relationships, tracing the development of his theories about love, sex and women's roles. Controversy over whether to view Lawrence as enlightened in his responses to women, based on the explorations in his novels of men's and women's intimate sexual practices and psychology, are scrutinised here, and Lawrence is found wanting. Although ahead of his time in sexual awareness and expression, Lawrence was generally rather old fashioned and paternalistic, patriarchal, celebrating male power over bodies and over language. This book provides fuller awareness of Lawrence's prejudices. In his writing, he argues …

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Wisker, Gina. "Lawrence and the Women: The Intimate Life of D.H. Lawrence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 March 2001
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