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Title: Modernity and the politics of place-experience in D.H. Lawrence's novels with parallel readings of Arnold Bennett, Giovanni Verga, Patrick White and Gregario Lopez y Fuentes
Author: Park, Yeo Sun
ISNI:       0000 0004 2734 6896
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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D.H. Lawrence's literary imagination is inherently linked to diverse places and his writings are responses to the spirit of places where he travelled and lived. In opposition to the universalising spirit of modernity based on space, Lawrence turns towards a concrete and place-based consciousness and brings a new dimension of thought to the critical category of modem criticism: place. The thesis argues that Lawrence locates the question of place as the central problem of modernity predominated by space, and develops a place-based imagination in his oeuvre as a measure against the all-destroying dominance of space. In Lawrence's works, a 'place-consciousness' informed by place-specificity is, in return, to be projected on to space manifested in the domain of capital and modernity. In this regard, Lawrence is in accord witb the Anglo-Arnerican cultural geographers of the last few decades who have been trying to bring about a transformation of the pervasive space-experience of modernity. However, the way Lawrence's works relate to the dyad of space and place is different from tbat of cultural geograpbers. In their efforts to re-structure and re-evaluate the relationship between space and place, geographers tend to tumble into a snare oftheir own making: space-place binaries. The thesis argues that Lawrence, in contrast, persists with regard the fundamental primacy of place. The thesis parallels multiple dimensions of place expounded by Edward Casey in his philosophical topoanalysis based on phenomenology with Lawrence's literary topoanalysis as rendered in his novels relating to different places: England, Italy, Australia and Mexico. Lawrence's writings are in turn compared to topoanalyses by writers native to the places in which he travels and resides to produce his regional writings. These authors are Arnold Bennett, Giovanni Yerga, Patrick White and Gregorio Lopez y Fuentes.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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