Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2017 Rochelle H Kim
This thesis investigates D.H. Lawrence’s idea of the “great background” in the context of Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure and how it reappears in a transformed way in Lawrence’s novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Women in Love. Through examining the perverse effects of modernism on these novels’ characters, this thesis argues that the “great background” is something that gradually moves inward––from the old, traditional “State” to an internal, inscrutable yet attainable reality.
Kim, Rochelle H., "The "Great Background" in Hardy and Lawrence" (2017). Scripps Senior Theses. 996.