D.H. Lawrence and fictional representations of blood-consciousness

Salter, Layla (2014). D.H. Lawrence and fictional representations of blood-consciousness. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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This thesis is the first book length study dedicated to exploring D.H. Lawrence’s concept of blood-consciousness primarily alongside his fiction. Blood-consciousness will be identified as Lawrence’s individual philosophy of the unconscious which he developed throughout his life.
Chapter One foregrounds what blood-consciousness is, and different aspects of this philosophy in order to establish the basis of the discussions that will follow in relation to Lawrence’s fiction. Chapter Two considers how Lawrence creates a new kind of character in The Rainbow through a blood-conscious flux which is likened to the theories of Henri Bergson.
Chapter Three focuses upon the crisis of mental-consciousness in Women in Love, also incorporating the ideas of F.W.H. Myers. Chapter Four evaluates the portrayal of Mexican blood-consciousness in The Plumed Serpent. This involves identifying what the primitive means for Lawrence in a reading of Franz Fanon, and questioning to what extent blood-consciousness is a progressive term in the light of postcolonial studies.
Chapter Five provides a reading of the blood-conscious marriage of ‘A Propos’ in correspondence with Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Finally, the Conclusion evaluates the difficulties Lawrence faced in envisioning blood-consciousness and putting it into language.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/5234


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