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D. H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’: Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present

Amit Chaudhuri and Tom Paulin


This study explores D. H. Lawrence's position as a ‘foreigner’ in the English canon. Focussing on poetry, the book examines how Lawrence's works, and Lawrence himself, have been read, and misread, in terms of their ‘difference.’ In contrast to the Leavisite project of placing Lawrence in the English ‘great tradition,’ this study demonstrates how Lawrence's writing brings into question the notion of ‘Englishness’ itself. It also shows how Lawrence's aesthetic set him apart radically from both his Modernist contemporaries and his Romantic forbears. The starting-point of this enquiry into Lawrent ... More

Keywords: D. H. Lawrence, English canon, poetry, difference, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, post-colonial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260522
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260522.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amit Chaudhuri, author
Novelist and Critic

Tom Paulin, author
Poet and Critic; Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford