D.H. Lawrence's Border Crossing builds upon developments within postcolonial theory to argue for a reconsideration of the concept of "spirit of place" in D. H. Lawrence’s travel books and "leadership" novels – works that record Lawrence’s various encounters with racial and geographical "others." Exploring his relationship to colonialism, Dr. Oh shows how Lawrence’s belief in different "spirits" belonging to these disparate places enables him to transcend the hierarchies between metropolis and colony, between civilized and "primitive" worlds.
Acknowledgments. Introduction: Lawrence’s 'Spirit of Place' as a Postcolonial Concept 1. Place, Difference, and Otherness in Lawrence’s Travel Writing 2. The Lost Girl and Aaron’s Rod: Exploring Italy as a New Place 3. Lawrence’s Journey to the 'Heart of Darkness' in Kangaroo and The Boy in the Bush 4. Lawrentian Doubleness: Rewriting Mexican Colonial History in The Plumed Serpent Conclusion. Notes. Bibliography. Index