Textual Influences

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


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.


Literary Text Referential Object Poetic Language Unify Truth Textual Influence 
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