‘The Passion of Instruction’: D. H. Lawrence and Wholeness versus Bildung
This chapter suggests that D. H. Lawrence is the most significant inheritor of the Nietzschean problematic of Bildung. Through a discussion mainly of Women in Love, the chapter brings out his similarities and differences with respect to both Nietzsche and Goethe. This novel, by attempting a radical and comprehensive critique of modern social man, focuses Lawrence' authentic impasse of readerly understanding. After it he developed a style of frankly personal quest novels in which his writerly authority was explicitly eccentric and beleaguered in the contemporary world. The difficulty of sharing understanding, which was to some extent a successful rhetorical feint in the earlier writers, has become a more literal impasse, and this was vividly confirmed by Lawrence's unpopularity in the ideologically dominated academy of the twentieth century's last three decades.
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