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Santiago, C. (2019). Hystorize from the Self: D. H. Lawrence and “The Lovely Lady”. Psychoanal. Rev., 106(4):343-370.

(2019). Psychoanalytic Review, 106(4):343-370

Hystorize from the Self: D. H. Lawrence and “The Lovely Lady”

Christopher Santiago, Ph.D.

Developing Lacan's idea of “hystory,” the following reading of D. H. Lawrence's story “The Lovely Lady” considers the personal and historical as deeply entwined, both in their oppression and potential liberation. The lady, who represents the order of bourgeois idealism, discovers the key to eternal youth, each night vampirically feeding off the erotic energy of her son. This essay views the story as an allegory of modern life as a dead zone of alienation, in which “hystory” is comprised of the web of transgenerational phantoms, traumas of the past, and haunting secrets from the crypt of the (m)other's unconscious.

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