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Theorizing Lawrence

Nine Meditations on Tropological Themes


Gerald Doherty

These nine «meditations» employ a variety of structuralist and poststructuralist critical methodologies by way of illuminating some of Lawrence's major works: Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, Women in Love, Lady Chatterley's Lover, and several short stories. The main approach is tropological: that is, these works are explored in terms of their rhetorical tropes (most often in terms of metaphor and metonymy). The meditations also draw significantly on narratology, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction. Lawrence has not previously attracted such contemporary approaches.