Novel perspectives

Sara Haslam

in Fragmenting Modernism

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780719060557
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700099 | DOI:
Novel perspectives

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D. H. Lawrence's essay ‘Why the Novel Matters’ focuses on issues of communication and plurality as displayed by the effective novel. The relationship between Lawrence and Ford Madox Ford was sometimes close, and at times was difficult. It began when Ford first published Lawrence in the English Review and ‘introduced him to literary London’. What is communicated in Ford's novels, and how? This chapter examines the resultant dramatic thrust of the contemporary Fifth Queen trilogy, the eye for colour, for detail, for patterns. The psycho-political geography of Ford's writing is thus confirmed in its period of relative certainty, especially when compared with the suicides of Edward and Florence in The Good Soldier and the suicide of Christopher Tietjens's father in Parade's End. These later novels are distinguishable from the Fifth Queen trilogy primarily due to their more complex interweaving of levels. As another manifestation of modernist fragmentation, one fomented by psychoanalysis and sexology, the four main characters are read partly as four parts of the same psyche, individually and oppositionally gaining (at times violent) expression.

Keywords: Ford Madox Ford; D. H. Lawrence; novels; Fifth Queen; Good Soldier; Parade's End; fragmentation; psychoanalysis; sexology; psyche

Chapter.  10363 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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