E 379S • D. H. Lawrence
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Lawrence was a writer in the largest sense of the word. That is, he was a novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright, critic, and essayist, as well as one of the great letter-writers in English. He was enormously influential during his lifetime, but that influence waned when feminist critics attacked his work about 35 years ago. Recently, many readers and critics, including feminists, have begun to read Lawrence with sympathy again.
Class Format: This is a seminar, which means that students will be expected to come well-prepared in the daily reading assignments and contribute to class discussions. On occasion, individual students will present brief (one page) papers to the class the basis for discussion, or otherwise be responsible for initiating informed participation.
Writing: There will be a variety of writing assignments throughout the semester, ranging from one-page position papers on a given title or topic, two smaller critical-interpretive paper (3-4 pages each) on a topic approved by the instructor, and a longer paper at the end of the semester, exploring a topic or subject that has been central to a large portion of Lawrence's work. Those topics will emerge from our daily reading and discussion, and from conferences with me.
In general, informed class participation will also be presumed as the norm. Departures from that can hurt your grade by as much as a letter grade. In general, though, writing will be the basis for about 90% of your grade, since there will be no quizzes or exams.
Attendance: Attendance will be presumed, and no one absent more that four times will receive a passing grade. Please be in class, ready to begin work by the time that the bell rings. A pattern of tardiness will hurt your grade.
Our class will emphasize his novels, of which we will read the following five:
Sons and Lovers
Women in Love
The Plumed Serpent
Lady Chatterley's Lover
In addition, we may also read selections from his travel books, probably Etruscan Places and Mornings in Mexico. We will also read some of his short stories, from the volume The Prussian Officer, as well as selections from his essays, poetry, and letters.