Violent Immolations: Species Discourse, Sacrifice, and the Lure of Transcendence in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleViolent Immolations: Species Discourse, Sacrifice, and the Lure of Transcendence in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow Author(S)Gerald Doherty (Author)
Abstract  This essay tracks the evolution of the Brangwen family in D. H. Lawrence's The Rainbow from a Christian-humanist tradition sanctioned by a benevolent deity to a modernist culture, where new processes of individuation precipitate the breakup of communal values. In this transition, sacrificial activity undergoes dramatic transformations. From its source in direct contact with a God who rewards suffering with transcendent revelation for the first generation, it becomes secularized, sexualized, and increasingly violent. In the second and third generations, the animal-body that resists transfiguration is repeatedly subjected to symbolic disfiguration and death. ...Paginationp47-74
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsEnglish fiction
Journal TitleModern Fiction Studies  
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