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Wild Yearning: Men, Sex and the Goddess in D.H. Lawrence’s Fiction

Dr Rob Hardy
Wednesday 26 September 2018, 3.30 p.m.
Bishop Otter Campus, Academic Block 1.01
Free entry

Male rage against and weariness with women is a feature of D.H. Lawrence’s novels, from Jesus of Nazareth in The Man Who Died to Birkin in Women in Love, Count Psanek of The Ladybird to Don Ramon of The Plumed Serpent and Mellors of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. But despite their rage all these men meet something they had not expected – a power (the feminine divine?) which seems to want them to find a way of becoming reconciled to women and to themselves.

Dr Rob Hardy lectures in English Literature at Hunan Normal University, China and is the author of Men’s Yearning Anger Toward Women in the Writings of D.H. Lawrence, Dion Fortune, and Ted Hughes as well as Psychological and Religious Narratives in Iris Murdoch’s Fiction.

Lecture and book launch of Incest in Contemporary Fiction (Manchester University Press)

Wednesday 26 September 2018, 6-7.30 pm
Bishop Otter Campus, Academic Block 1.01
Free entry

This new collection, edited by Miles Leeson, brings together major scholars working in the field of trauma studies to discuss the impact of incest in contemporary fiction since 1945. In this lecture Miles will give an overview of the presence and ubiquity of incest in texts from the ancient Greeks to the present and ask why, since the Second World War, incest has been used to highlight power, dominance, and the politics of the body in a range of literature, film, and television.

Miles is Director of the Iris Murdoch Research Centre at the University of Chichester.

Kindly supported by the Iris Murdoch Society.


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