D.H. Lawrence and D.W. Winnicott: Overlapping Paths

By Arindam Chatterji.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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This paper presents an amazing affinity between D.H. Lawrence's psychoanalytic premises and the concepts of D.W. Winnicott, a leading figure in contemporary object-relations psychoanalytic theory

Keywords: D.H.Lawrence, D.W. Winnicott, Psychoanalysis, Unconsciousness, Transitional Objects and Transitional Phenomena, Dream and Reality, Dialectic of Contrareity, Self, Internal World, External World, Subject and Object, Polarity, Evolution, The Fourth Dimension, Potential Space

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.215-220. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.764MB).

Professor Arindam Chatterji

I am currently teaching English and American Literature at the University of Allahabad, India. I have been teaching here since 1978. I also taught (1987-1988) at the Pasadena City College, California, while I was there on a post-doctoral study project. My primary interest is in psychoanalytic theory and modernist and post-modernist literature, and the critical methodology I mainly use is the British School of object-relations psychoanalytic theory. I have published psychoanalytic articles in Man and Development and Punjab University Research Bulletin. My Post-Freudian Study of D.H. Lawrence's Sons and Lovers published in the Punjab University Research Bulletin has been listed by Paul Poplawski in D.H. Lawrence: A Reference Companion (Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 1996). I recently contributed a chapter in Writing Difference: The Novels of Shashi Deshpande (New Delhi: Pencraft International 2005). I interpreted her novel: The Dark Holds No Terrors with the help of D.W. Winnicott’s theory of therapeutic regression. I have also authored a book of short stories: The Taming of Bismarck and other stories published by HarperCollins in 1997. Alongside, I have edited the Oxford Anthology of Short Stories and wrote the Introduction to it (An Anthology of Short Stories: New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000). I also edited the section `Giant Despair’ from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (New Delhi: Macmillan 2002). Last year (May 2004) I received the Charles Wallace British Council `writer-in-residence' award to work in the British Library, London, for my upcoming novel: She Gave Without a Price. At the start of this current year, I chaired a session on American Studies at the Third Annual Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Jan 13-16, 2005. Using D.W. Winnicott's concepts of the True Self and Transitional Spaces I presented a psychoanalytic study of Kurt Vonnegut's novels in this conference.

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