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Veering with Lawrence

Nicholas Royle

in Veering

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748636549
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636549.003.0010
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D. H. Lawrence's reputation has veered. The reputation of his work can never return to what it was, when the canon of ‘literature in English’ was primarily a gathering of dead white men and there was little or no critical reflection on questions of misogyny or the dominance of ‘phallic consciousness’. The theory of veering offers a fuller and more variegated conception of the swerve or clinamen that Harold Bloom regards as a tropological feature of the rhetorical composition of strong poems. Veering with Lawrence is a matter of reading him as a contemporary. Veering with Lawrence has first and foremost to do with the texture and detail of his language. Lawrence is interested in veering as a strategy of avoiding. Veering with Lawrence has to do with machines and stars, beasts and flowers, as much as humans. It finally discusses Tortoise Family Connections.

Keywords: veering; D. H. Lawrence; Harold Bloom; texture; language; Tortoise Family Connections

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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