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The German Effect on D.H. Lawrence and his Works 1885-1912

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Mitzi Brunsdale

This study analyzes in depth the German effect upon D.H. Lawrence and his works from his birth in 1885 to his departure from England in 1912. German literary, philosophical and musical works had considerable impact on Lawrence's formation as an artist. They also influenced the creation of his own literary theory, entering his life concurrently with the three problems of class, woman and religion, which evolved into his major literary themes. The German effect is thus demonstrated to be the confirmation of Lawrence's strong tendency toward subjectivism in literary art: it strengthened his conviction that his art set him apart from all classes of society; it encouraged the development of his view of women as the sexual, not the maternal, mediatrix to art; and it fortified his denial of traditional Christianity and assisted his creation of his personal vitalistic creed.