September 16, 2010
English Lecture “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” by D.H Lawrence
On the Board:
- Therapeutic Culture
- “Parables of Redemption”
Rhetoric of Magnification
Part 1: Beginning to Paragraph starting with “In the afternoon she...” (p.2594)
Part 2: From “In the afternoon she...” to Paragraph starting “he laid her down...” (p.2596)
Part 3: From “He laid her down...” to the end
- Detective and Horror offer the largest dose of imaginative and emotional engagement
in the shortest possible time.
- Quality of Life in 1800’s (urban centers like New York, England) produced
MODERNITY. Arose with industrialism.
- Modernity: Increasing anxiety, nervous conditions, that appeared in literature.
“All that’s solid melts into air.” - Karl Marx
- Personal identity and meaning was gone, especially with people who moved from the
country to the city.
- In U.S this was called Americanitis.
- Symptoms of Modernity on p.2104 of NA
- Private Life versus Public Life (divided aims, 2104)
- A great divide in identities was taking place during the 1800’s.
- Dedicated to finding an answer to the problems with Modernity.
- The wealthy could afford to buy cottages, stay there all summer if they were rich
enough; this is an escape from Modernity.
- Frederic Law Olmsted designed Central Park in N.Y, and a lot of other big parks. He
left them deliberately wild because wild nature was supposed to have a better
psychological effect than tamed nature (Versailles). If you couldn’t afford to buy a
cottage you would go to these parks to escape Modernity.
- Literature would ‘ medicine the mind’
-Escape the office or city by going to the cottage
-Escape the apartment by going to the park
-Escape ordinary mindset by reading literature September 16, 2010
-Doing all of these things regenerates, revitalizes and restores. Recreate
- The system that repeats in everyday life (work, weekend, work, etc.) Is the same
rhythm that underlies “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter”
- “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” was written in 1916 and published in 1922, right
between WW1 and WW11
- All about women in love, women finding love
- WW1 made everybody think about the problems with Western Civilization. (Why are
we chewing ourselves to pieces?)
- Women were left at home while the men were killed.
- The original title of “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” was “The Miracle” which points to
the extraordinary event that occurs:
-The religious conversion of Mabel and Dr. Ferguson into D.H’s religion of love.