Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses

Breaking moulds, smashing mirrors: the intertextual dynamics of D.H. Lawrence's "The Lovely Lady"

Conchita Díez Medrano

Abstract

D. H. Lawrence's aversion against Platonic idealism evidences itself in his repeated attempts to debunk in his fictions the way in which women disown their own bodies by unconsciously moulding themselves according to "men's theories of women." One of such fictions would be "The Lovely Lady," a story which characteristically engages in a silent dialogue with traditional discourses about women. In so doing, it cogently exposes the male glance that inhabits the mirror in which the woman protagonist sees herself reflected and, concurrently, subvert the traditional binary paradigm witch/angel in which she has been kept a prisoner all her life.

Keywords

Lawrence, David Herbert; The Lovely Lady; Literatura anglosajona; Relato corto; Relaciones madre-hijo; Condición de la mujer



DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.1996.9.06

Copyright (c) 1996 Conchita Díez Medrano

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