Hundreds of books and articles have been written about D. H. Lawrence by academic critics, and many more are published each year. They are often written in a kind of specialised jargon, or in an over-complicated style: academics are just as fond of showing off as anybody else. It is important to remember that you have read and studied Lawrence’s novels, so your ideas are just as valid as theirs. It is also worth remembering that Lawrence is a particularly self-contradictory writer: his novels have remained obstinately insoluble, resisting any accepted critical resolution. Your attempt to grasp a ‘whole’ out of Lawrence’s conjoined creations, is likely to be as coherent as anyone else’s. Always be sceptical in approaching the critics’ ideas: you are not under an obligation to agree with them. Your mind can be stimulated by discussing the text with your teachers and lecturers, or in a class. Treat the critics in the same way: it is stimulating to debate Lawrence by reading critical books and articles, challenging your ideas and theirs. This is the spirit in which you should read ‘the critics’.
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