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Approaches to Teaching the Works of D. H. Lawrence

Editor(s): M. Elizabeth Sargent, Garry Watson

Pages: xviii & 270 pp.
Published: 2001
ISBN: 9780873527644 (paperback)
ISBN: 9780873527637 (hardcover)

"This Approaches volume will prove useful to novice and experienced teachers and to Lawrence newcomers and aficionados alike. It combines the practical and theoretical and covers a wide range of genres and perspectives."
Judith Ruderman, author of D. H. Lawrence and the Devouring Mother: The Search for a Patriarchal Ideal of Leadership

"The book is effectively organized, with its long essays balanced by shorter pieces aimed at teaching Lawrence in survey courses, composition courses, and interdisciplinary courses."
Charles Rossman, editor, D. H. Lawrence Review

Lawrence's forceful language, imagery, and rhythms can make readers feel they are being attacked or challenged. These essays describe ways to encourage students to read his works more closely, accurately, and sensitively and to learn how to complicate their reading.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching the Works of D. H. Lawrence

M. Elizabeth Sargent and Garry Watson


Literary Criticism


Lawrence's Letters and Essays: Essential Tools for Teaching His Fiction and Poetry


Reference Works

Audiovisual and Electronic Resources

Organizations and Conferences



Words of Encouragement and Caution

Which Lawrence, When?
Mark Kinkead-Weekes

Some Notes toward a Vindication of the Rites of D. H. Lawrence
Sandra M. Gilbert

The Crisis in Homosexual/Heterosexual Definition in the Lawrence Classroom
A. A. Markley

Major Issues in Teaching Lawrence and Otherness

Discovering Otherness: Lawrence Writing/Rewriting Himself

"Odour of Chrysanthemums" and the Freshman Essay: Teaching Literature by Contextual Sequence
Gordon Harvey

Lawrence in Hypertext: A Technology of Difference for Reading/Writing The Rainbow and "Odour of Chrysanthemums"
Charles L. Ross and Donald Buckley

Psychoanalytic Approaches to Otherness

Fathoming Flood and Father in The Rainbow and The Virgin and the Gipsy
Luba Slabyj

Strange Bedfellows: D. H. Lawrence and Feminist Psychoanalytic Theory in The Rainbow
Jorgette Mauzerall

The Foreigner Within: Teaching The Rainbow with the Help of Cixous, Kristeva, and Irigaray
Maria Aline Seabra Ferreira

Cultural Criticism and Otherness

Reading Women in Love and Sons and Lovers like Sisters and Brothers: Lawrence Study in the Feminist Classroom
Carol Siegel

Teaching "Woman": A Cultural Criticism Approach to "The Woman Who Rode Away"
Pamela L. Caughie

Using Student Resistance and Our Own in Teaching The Captain's Doll: Toward a Pedagogy of Affect
Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson

"Learning to Squint" / the Critic as Outlaw: Teaching Studies in Classic American Literature as Cultural Criticism
Isobel M. Findlay and Garry Watson

Teaching Other Cultures and Religions

The Resurrection of Pan: Teaching Biocentric Consciousness and Deep Ecology in Lawrence's Poetry and Late Nonfiction
Keith Sagar

Lawrence and Rites of Passage
Langdon Elsbree

Sea and Sardinia: If You Can Teach Only One Lawrence Text
Howard Mills

Picking Up "Life-Threads" in Lawrence's Mexico: Dialogism and Multiculturalism in The Plumed Serpent
Virginia Crosswhite Hyde

Course-Context Sketches

Teaching the Poems and the Short Fiction

Teaching Lawrence's Tortoise Poems as a Sequence
David Ellis

The Tuning of "Piano"
Keith Cushman

Lawrence and Freud on Dreams: Loosing versus Trapping The Fox in the Classroom
Louis K. Greiff

Teaching "The Prussian Officer" with the Help of Daniel Stern and Jessica Benjamin
Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis

"I Don't Like England Very Much, but . . .": The Construction of Englishness in "England, My England"
Tim Middleton

Teaching the Major Novels

Sons and Lovers and Book History
A. R. Atkins

Teaching Sons and Lovers in a Global Context in South Africa: Colonialism and Modernity
James M. Phelps

Teaching the Case of the Subversive Novel: The Role of Contemporary Reviews in The Rainbow Trial
Wayne Templeton

Toasting and Caroling in The Rainbow: Dramatic Rituals in the Classroom
Virginia Crosswhite Hyde

Examining the Stylistic Diversity of The Rainbow and Women in Love in an Honors Seminar on Criticism and Research Methods
Jack Stewart

"More Likely to Be the End of Experience": Women in Love, Sati, and the Marriage-Plot Tradition
Rebecca Carpenter

Unlearning Europe: Postcolonial Questions for Teaching The Plumed Serpent
Theresa Mae Thompson

Teaching Lady Chatterley's Lover
Louis L. Martz

Team-Teaching Lawrence in a Culminating Senior Seminar
Carol Peirce and Lawrence W. Markert

Teaching the Plays and Nonfiction

"Man-for-Man Love": David, the Bible, and Gender Construction
Raymond-Jean Frontain

Teaching Lawrence's Early Plays with His Early Prose
Hans-W. Schwarze

Lawrence's Poetry and Expository Prose: Writing with Power and the Canons of Composition
Gordon Harvey

Works Cited

Index of Lawrence's Works

Index of Names

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