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D H Lawrence as Anti-rationalist: Mysticism, Animism and Cosmic Life in His Works

Takeo Iida

ISBN 10: 1909757160 / ISBN 13: 9781909757165
Published by Melrose Books, 2014
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Title: D H Lawrence as Anti-rationalist: Mysticism,...

Publisher: Melrose Books

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

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The purpose of D. H. Lawrence as Anti-rationalist: Mysticism, Animism, and Cosmic Life in His Works is to demonstrate D H Lawrence as a mystic and animistic writer and perceiver of cosmic life in his works. Lawrence s mysticism is sometimes referred to or discussed by some critics. But none of them discusses Lawrence as a mystic in his meditative poems, which I think deserve more attention. The first three chapters will discuss Lawrence as a mystic poet. The following seven chapters will discuss Lawrence as an animistic writer. His animistic perception in his works is not only a literary device, but also based essentially on his own felt-experience just like his mystic experience in his meditative poems. Although some critics have paid attention to his animistic perception, they do not put much value on his felt-experience, as such, in a modern age which belittles it. His mystic and animistic experiences are antithetical to modern materialism and rationalism, the dominance of which Lawrence severely criticizes in many of his works. In this respect he can be called an anti-rationalist who goes against the modern tendency. Yet, he does not irrationally resort to animalism or primitivism. He believes that too much rationalism kills our intuitive sense of life, and what he insists on, therefore, is the restoration of the balance between reason and intuition. The last two chapters will compare Lawrence with a Japanese novelist and two Ukiyoe painters to focus on Lawrence s originality as a novelist and his misunderstanding as a painter.

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