Advertisement

Textual Influences

  • Nigel Kelsey
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature book series (STCL)

Abstract

In this critique recourse is made to texts which have sexual relations and the discursive divisions therefrom as their epistemologically defined object of analysis. Herein the term sexual relations is used in the first instance as a theoretical focus and starting point for deconstructing the surface manifestation of interpersonal relations as represented in three major novels written by D. H. Lawrence, thereby to analyse the-texts-between of other texts. In this endeavour a multi-disciplinary range of conceptual thought is utilised, ranging from discourse theory to feminism and sociology; not with the aim of delimiting sexual relations per se, but of explaining how particular relationships which are frequently read as sexual and their representational effects within the texts are both supported and perpetuated. For example, the strategic implementation of feminist criticism utilised as part of the overall methodology in this critique is, I would argue, invaluable in the latter respect, for deconstructing particular textual representations of sexual relationships which even today might otherwise have remained assumed. In this chapter, therefore, the theoretical and methodological boundaries in which this text operates will be fully outlined in an effort to clearly delimit both the theoretical form, direction and outcomes that might reasonably be anticipated in the ‘concrete’ analyses of the following chapters.

Keywords

Literary Text Referential Object Poetic Language Unify Truth Textual Influence 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Notes

  1. 1.
    J. Mitchell, Psychoanalysis and Feminism (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1976) p. 398.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    R. Lakoff, Language and Woman’s Place (London: Harper and Row, 1975).Google Scholar
  3. 4.
    D. Spender, Man Made Language (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1980).Google Scholar
  4. 7.
    T. Eagleton, Literary Theory (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1983) p. 188.Google Scholar
  5. 8.
    L.S. Roudiez, ‘Introduction’ in J. Kristeva, Desire in Language (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987) p. 7.Google Scholar
  6. 12.
    R. Coward and J. Ellis, Language and Materialism (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979) p. 150.Google Scholar
  7. 15.
    J. Donovan, ‘Afterword: Critical Revision’, in J. Donovan (ed.), Feminist Literary Criticism (Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1989) p. 76.Google Scholar
  8. 18.
    R. Barthes, S/Z (London: Jonathan Cape, 1975) p. 11.Google Scholar
  9. 19.
    M. Foucault (ed.), I, Pierre Rivière (Harmondsworth: Peregrine, 1978) pp. 54–5.Google Scholar
  10. 29.
    R. Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text (London: Jonathan Cape, 1975) p. 27.Google Scholar
  11. 32.
    R. Barthes, Mythologies (London: Paladin, 1985) p. 109.Google Scholar
  12. 35.
    P. Thody, Roland Barthes : A Conservative Estimate (London: Macmillan, 1977) pp. 129–30.Google Scholar
  13. 38.
    F. Wahl, ‘A Note from the French Editor’, in R. Barthes, The Rustle of Language (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1986).Google Scholar
  14. 40.
    R. Barthes, ‘The Death of the Author’, in Image — Music — Text (London: Fontana, 1984) p. 147.Google Scholar
  15. 41.
    R. Barthes, ‘From Work to Text’, in Image — Music — Text, (London: Fontana, 1984)., p. 160.Google Scholar
  16. 42.
    J. Sturrock, ‘Roland Barthes’, in J. Sturrock (ed.), Structuralism and Since (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984) p. 58.Google Scholar
  17. 43.
    See R. Barthes, Sade, Fourier, Loyola (New York: Hill and Wang, 1976).Google Scholar
  18. 45.
    M. Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1984) pp. 181, 183 and 184.Google Scholar
  19. 48.
    M. Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination (Texas: University of Texas Press, 1987) p. 428.Google Scholar
  20. 50.
    D. H. Lawrence, The White Peacock (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979).Google Scholar
  21. 51.
    D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1978).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Nigel Kelsey 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Kelsey

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations