[Marxism] The Method

Gary MacLennan gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 19:55:02 MST 2008


 Lou quotes Coetzee:



> Most surprisingly, Scheckner pays no serious attention to the thesis that
> Lawrence was never a socialist in embryo, but rather a radical conservative
> hankering after a preindustrial world of organic agricultural communities
> and craftsmen.
>
>  full: http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2007/07/08/lady-chatterley/
>
 Hi Lou,


There is a lot in this that could explain why F.R. Leavis was the key
champion of Lawrence's work.  Leavis too dreamed off an absent "organic"
England i.e. Elizabethan that was somehow mythically free of class
conflict.

It is one of the great tragedies that Leavis encountered Marxist thought
primarily in its Stalinist form, though he was aware of Trotsky's writing on
literature and labeled Trotsky as "dangerous" because his views were so
appealing.

As for Lady Chatterley the scene where she views and desires Mellors body is
paralleled in Sons & Lovers where the mother looks at the body of the miner
father and desires him.  I think Lawrence tended to see the working class
through his mother's eyes. There is much in all this about sexual desire
across class boundaries and the dialectics of penetration.

But really life is too serious... or maybe I'm just too old

comradely regards

Gary



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