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D. H. Lawrence, Ecofeminism and Nature

By Terry Gifford Copyright 2023
    212 Pages 1 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    This is the first ecocritical book on the works of D. H. Lawrence and also the first to consider the links between nature and gender in the poetry and the novels. In his search for a balanced relationship between male and female characters, what role does nature play in the challenges Lawrence offers his readers? How far are the anxieties of his characters in negotiating relationships that might threaten their sense of self derived from the same source as their anxieties about engaging with the Other in nature? Indeed, might Lawrence’s metaphors drawn from nature actually be the causes of human actions in The Rainbow, for example? The originality of Lawrence’s poetic and narrative strategies for challenging social attitudes towards both nature and gender can be revealed by new approaches offered by ecocritical theory and ecofeminist readings of his books. This book explores ecocritical notions to frame its ecofeminist readings, from the difference between the ‘Other’ and ‘otherness’ in The White Peacock and Lady Chatterley’s Lover, ‘anotherness’ in the poetry of Birds, Beasts and Flowers, psychogeography in Sea and Sardinia, emergent ecofeminism in Sons and Lovers, land and gender in The Boy in the Bush, gender dialogics in Kangaroo, human animality in Women in Love, trees as tests in Aaron’s Rod, to ‘radical animism’ in The Plumed Serpent. Finally, three late tales provide a reassessment of ecofeminist insights into Lawrence’s work for readers in the present context of the Anthropocene.

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Gender Fluidity in The Trespasser

    Chapter 3 ‘Other’ and ‘other’ in The White Peacock and Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    Chapter 4 ‘Anotherness’ in Birds, Beasts and Flowers

    Chapter 5 Psychogeography in Sea and Sardinia

    Chapter 6 The Gender Agenda of The Lost Girl

    Chapter 7 Initiation in ‘The Female Element’ in Sons and Lovers

    Chapter 8 Land and Gender in The Boy in the Bush

    Chapter 9 Gender Dialogics in Kangaroo

    Chapter 10 Human Animality in Women in Love

    Chapter 11 Organic Metaphor as Mutual Agency in The Rainbow

    Chapter 12 Tested by Trees in Aaron’s Rod

    Chapter 13 Radical Animism in The Plumed Serpent

    Chapter 14 Ecofeminism in the Anthropocene: Three Late Tales


    Terry Gifford is currently Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Spa University’s Research Centre for Environmental Humanities and Professor Honorifico at the University of Alicante, Spain. He is the author of Pastoral (2020), Green Voices (2011) and Reconnecting With John Muir (2006). He has written or edited seven books on Ted Hughes, most recently Ted Hughes in Context (2018), and published seven ecofeminist essays on D. H. Lawrence.