Terra Incognita

Terra Incognita

by Virginia Crosswhite Hyde, Earl G. Ingersoll


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"Terra Incognita": D. H. Lawrence at the Frontiers, edited by Virginia Crosswhite Hyde and Eari G. Ingersoll, is a collection of nine essays by scholars from five countries. They show ways in which Lawrence explored not only remote regions of the earth but also consciousness and human relations. The book also considers implications of terms like "frontier," "boundary," and "place." It gives readings that are the first to utilize new texts and research in the final prose volumes of the Cambridge Lawrence Edition. This includes all the essays Lawrence wrote in America about Southwestern and Mexican Indians (Mornings in Mexico and Other Essays, 2009). Writers are Michael Hollington, Judith Ruderman, Edina Pereira Crunfli, Tina Ferris, Virginia Crosswhite Hyde, Jack Stewart, Keith Cushman, Julianne New-mark, and Paul Poplawski. In addition to the essays, the book contains eight pages of color illustrations. It will interest both general readers and scholars of Lawrence and of twentieth-century literature.

Lawrence wrote of "terra incognita," referring above all to genuine "face-to-face" contacts with our surroundings and with other people, beyond confining walls of the status quo with its counterfeit encounters. These contacts are his ultimate frontiers where, in particular, he sought new understanding of class, race, and relationship. The 1920s emerge in these essays as a great watershed in his life and work, when he traveled the earth and settled for a time in America, addressed issues of colonialism and multiculturalism, wrote alongside activist John Collier for Pueblo property rights, and not only published some of his finest fiction and poetry but also helped to launch scholarly interest in his works.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611474862
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Virginia Crosswhite Hyde is the editor of the Cambridge Edition of D.H. Lawrence's Mornings in Mexico and Other EssaysThe Risen Adam: D.H. Lawrence's Revisionist Typology. Earl G. Ingersoll is Emeritus Distinguished Professor at SUNY, Brockport, and author of D.H. Lawrence, Desire, and Narrative (2001) and more than a dozen essays on Lawrence.

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