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Birger, D.M. (1984). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, IX. 1981: Placing the Body in Creativity: D. H. Lawrence and the Occult. Daniel Dervin. Pp. 181-220.. Psychoanal Q., 53:490-491.
    
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(1984). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 53:490-491

The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, IX. 1981: Placing the Body in Creativity: D. H. Lawrence and the Occult. Daniel Dervin. Pp. 181-220.

Daniel M. Birger

Lawrence's creativity is explored through several theoretical approaches. The "family romance," "regression in the service of the ego," "object relations theory," and the "narcissistic injury hypothesis" of writers' creativity are used as vantage points of examination of Lawrence's creative process. A comprehensive discussion of body image and its connection with psychic structure, the concept of the self, and the workings of the mind follows. The specific formation in Lawrence's imagery regarding the body-mind construct is described in detail, and reference to occult

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theories of body-mind connection are proposed. The ultimate point the author is attempting to propose is that Lawrence's creativity was motivated by the need to reconstitute a damaged ego by the re-creation of the body image along masculine lines. The author draws rich evidence from factual events in Lawrence's life, painting, and writing to promote the point that narcissistic injury and attempts to master it provided the fountainhead of his creativity. The article's form does disservice to its content. The accumulation of about eighty sources and references and the proclivity to provide direct quotations from every one of them give the article a disorganized quality. The condensed manner in which its multiple ideas are presented made it a laborious albeit gratifying task to read the article.

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Article Citation

Birger, D.M. (1984). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, IX. 1981. Psychoanal. Q., 53:490-491

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