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D.H.Lawrence and the Modern Short Story

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The course focuses on close reading of major short stories by D. H. Lawrence in the context of relevant philosophical and aesthetic theories of the studied period (H. Bergson, F. Nietzsche, A. Schopenhauer, W.

Worringer, T. E. Hulme) and selected modernist short-story writers (V. Woolf, W. Lewis, E. M. Forster). The in-class discussions will examine selected aesthetic and philosophical motifs and symbolic structures in Lawrence’s iconic as well as less know shorter fiction (from early The Trespasser to Love Among the Haystacks and Other Stories,

The Prussian Officer and Other Stories, England, My England and Other Stories, and The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories), focusing on the problem of space, time and human subjectivity. The analysis will further rely on a number of Lawrence’s theoretical texts (“Introduction to These Paintings”, Mornings in Mexico, “Study of Thomas

Hardy”, Sketches of Etruscan Places and other Italian Essays) and occasional references to Lawrence’s poems and novels.


Sessions will be opened by short talks (5-10 minutes) given by all students on the texts assigned in the week-by- week schedule. 


Credits will be given on the basis of students’ short talks, their active participation in seminar discussion and a final essay (3000-3500 words) whose topic has to be discussed with the instructor.


Abrams, M. H. Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature. New York: W. W. Norton

& Company, Inc., 1971. (selection)

Bergson, Henri. An Introduction to Metaphysics. Translated by T. E. Hulme. New York and London: The

Knickerbocker Press, 1912; .

Foucault, Michel. “Of Other Spaces, Heterotopias.” Translated by Jay Miskowiec. >.

Green, E. H. ‘Lawrence, Schopenhauer and the Dual Nature of the Universe,’ South Atlantic Bulletin, Vol. 42, No. 4

(Nov, 1977), pp. 84-92. .

Grmelová, Anna. The Worlds of D. H. Lawrence’s Short Fiction. Prague: Karolinum Press, 2001.

Kinkard-Weeks, Mark. “Lawrence and Dance.” Dance Research: The Journal of the Society for Dance Research,

Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring 1992). 14; .

Lawrence, D. H. Apocalypse and the Writings on Revelation. London: Penguin Books, 1995.

---. ‘Fantasia of the Unconscious’, Fantasia of the Unconscious/Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious.

Harmondsworth: Penguin Books 1975.

---. Collected Stories. London: Everyman’s Library, 1994. (OR other relevant edition of Lawrence’s shorter fiction)

---. Phoenix: The Posthumous Papers of D. H. Lawrence. Ed. Edward D. McDonald. Harmondsworth: Penguin

Books, 1978. (selection)

---. Sketches of Etruscan Places and Other Italian Essays. London: Penguin Books, 1999. (selection)

---. The Symbolic Meaning. London: Centaur Press, Ltd., 1962.

Lawrence Rainey, Christine Poggi, Laura Wittman. Eds. Futurism, An Anthology (New Haven and London: Yale

University Press, 2009); < org__futurism__an_anthology__henry_mcbride_series_in_modernism_.pdf> (selection)

MacDonald, Robert H. “The Union of Fire and Water,” The D. H. Lawrence Review Vol. 10, No. 1, (Spring 1977).

Michellucci, Stefania. Space and Place in the Works of D. H. Lawrence Translated by Jill Franks. Jefferson, North

Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2002.

Milton, Colin. Lawrence and Nietzsche: A Study of Influence. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1987.

Schneider, D. J. “Alternatives to Logocentrism in D.H. Lawrence,” South Atlantic Review, Vol. 51, No. 2 (May, 1986) 35-47; .

---. “D. H. Lawrence and the Early Greek Philosophers,” The D. H. Lawrence Review Vol. 17, No.2. (Summer 1984).

---. D. H. Lawrence - The Artist as Psychologist. Kansas: University of Kansas Press, 1984. (selection)

---. “Schopenhauer and the Development of D.H. Lawrence’s Psychology,” South Atlantic Review, Vol. 48, No. 1

(Jan., 1983) 2; .

Schopenhauer, Arthur. The World as Will and Representation. Translated by R. B. Haldane and J. Kemp. London:

Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co. Ltd, 1910; . (selection)

Ulmer, Gregory L. “D. H. Lawrence, Wilhelm Worringer and the Aesthetics of Modernism”, The D. H. Lawrence

Review Vol. 10, No. 2 (Summer 1977).

For Czech students:

Čapek, Jakub. Ed. Filosofie Henri Bergsona. Praha: OIKOYMENH, 2003. (selection)

Hilský, Martin. Modernisté. Brno: Torst, 1995. (selection)

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