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Title: The language of D.H. Lawrence : repetition and revision in 'The Rainbow'
Author: Bain, Susan
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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Chapter 1 identifies the problems which Lawrence had in finding a 'new language' for The Rainbow, and demonstrates his faith in his evolving new style. A critical overview is provided of work on both his repetition, and revision processes, and the thesis is placed in the context of revisionist criticism of Lawrence's lexical and grammatical fluidity. The aims and methodology of the thesis are outlined. Chapter 2 identifies Lawrence's linguistic specificity in an extract from The Rainbow, and demonstrates the importance of his repetitive style his developing doctrine of creative, and destructive, opposition. The Rainbow's inversion of the quasi-gender attributions of Study of Thomas Hardy is demonstrated as operating at the level of lexical cohesion in the extract from The Rainbow, and also in the 1914 version of 'The White Stocking'. Similar repetitive presentation of oppositions are shown to occur, uninverted, in an extract from Sons and Lovers. It is argued that repetition reveals that Lawrence's move towards the language of The Rainbow was beginning before Study of Thomas Hardy and the Prussian Officer collection. Chapter 3 reveals that the 'structural skeleton' which Hardy provides for The Rainbow occurs at a finer stylistic level than has previously been considered. Identification of matching relations and Biblical parallelism reveals that The Rainbow's repetitive structures provide an evaluative framework against which the deficiencies and achievements of each generation can be considered. This framework develops through the revision process, as the characteristics and themes of each generation evolve. Chapter 4 examines The Rainbow's repetition in the light of Hardy's doctrine of 'Male' and 'Female'. Repetition is shown to characterise the specific nature and progress of the protagonists in each generation. The complex cross-hatching of 'Male' and 'Female' principles within and between individuals, and its proportional attribution to characters, is predictive of their achievements. Chapter 5 examines repetition and revision in The Rainbow to counter Ross' assertion in The Composition of The Rainbow and Women in Love: A History, that Lawrence's proof revisions were made under pressure of self-censorship, and pressure from Methuen. It is shown that lexical specificity, cohesion and revisions reveal consistent patterns of creative revisions and thematic development - and further inclusion of the language and ideas of Hardy.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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