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A Schopenhauerinan Reading of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and D. H. Lawrence's The White Peacock

Shamsi, Mahdi (2014) A Schopenhauerinan Reading of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and D. H. Lawrence's The White Peacock. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:56004)

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Abstract

My study aims to offer a Schopenhauerian reading of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and D. H. Lawrence's The White Peacock. Throughout the dissertation, I am driven by two goals. First, I aim to examine the selected novels by considering Schopenhauer's philosophy. Secondly, I shall investigate why characters, especially the heroines, having recognised that their marriage was basically a mistake, still remained in their tormented relationships. Why it is important to answer this question and what makes this a unique concern, especially in James's novel, is the possibility that previous studies and many other critiques have questioned the destiny of these heroines in regard to the novelists' anti-feminist tendencies or their social and personal concerns, while I believe that by using Schopenhauer's philosophy I can provide a deeper conceptualisation of the novels' ending. In so doing, in the second chapter I will describe the reception of Schopenhauer's philosophy in England, and the direct and indirect presence of his philosophy in Lawrence's and James's Works. In the third chapter, I concentrate on Schopenhauer's concept of freedom, morality and the will in James's novel. My fourth chapter considers Lawrence's philosophy of love and reveals how his philosophy differs from Schopenhauer's. Furthermore, it draws his readers' attention to the Schopenhauerian notion of the will-to-live, acknowledged in Lawrence's novel.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Ayers, David
Uncontrolled keywords: Schopenhauer, Henry James and D. H. Lawrence
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2016 13:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/56004 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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