D.H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference by N. Roberts

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This research of Lawrence's go back and forth writings is the 1st book-length research to technique the topic as regards to modern postcolonial idea. targeting the writings of 1921-25, the interval whilst Lawrence was once such a lot intensely engaged in commute, it contains chapters on Sea and Sardinia, Kangaroo, The Plumed Serpent and the essays and tales encouraged by way of Lawrence's adventure of the recent global.

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H. Lawrence, Travel and Cultural Difference Introduction 33 In this section I will be comparing Lawrence’s travel writing with that of a number of precursors and contemporaries. Rather than attempting a broad survey I will be focussing on a small number of writers of comparable stature to Lawrence, in whose work, nevertheless, something of the range of possible ways of representing cultural difference, particularly in a colonial or ex-colonial situation, is evident. I will take as my starting point a book that Edward Said describes as ‘unique .

The essence of Achebe’s quarrel with Heart of Darkness is that its Africa is ‘a setting and backdrop which eliminates the African as human factor. H. R. 102 Here is an example. However, Lawrence’s quest narratives have a different object than Conrad’s, and the dynamic of his white protagonists’ engagement with this otherness is quite different. There is never any question that Marlow will stay in Africa, or that he will discover an African ‘reality’ outside himself. The reality that Marlow discovers is Kurtz’s dying recognition, ‘The horror!

However, Lawrence’s quest narratives have a different object than Conrad’s, and the dynamic of his white protagonists’ engagement with this otherness is quite different. There is never any question that Marlow will stay in Africa, or that he will discover an African ‘reality’ outside himself. The reality that Marlow discovers is Kurtz’s dying recognition, ‘The horror! ’ This reality does not in any way belong to Africa or to Africans, though the African experience is necessary to enable the recognition.

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