D. H. Lawrence and the Authoritarian Personality by Barbara Mensch

By Barbara Mensch

This e-book records D.H.Lawrence's uncanny perception into and protrayal of the destruction of self and society inherent in authoritarianism. the writer starts her research with distinct definitions of the operative phrases upon which the publication relies, "fascism", "authoritarianism" and "totalitarianism". utilizing those definitions, she builds a entire mental profile of the authoritarian character, in line with authoritative stories through Wilhelm Reich, Ernst Nolte, T.W.Adorno and others. using this profile to the characters of "Women In Love", "Aaron's Rod", "Kangaroo", and "The Plumed Serpent", Mensch exhibits how Lawrence's minor characters are frequently truly outlined authoritarian varieties, whereas the main protagonists of those novels, nonetheless, show few, if any, authoritarian features.

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Finally, some of the basic themes of Nolte's definition of fascism and Arendt's definition of totalitarianism are found in the reactionary personality: ... it is one of the major findings of the present study that individuals who show extreme susceptibility to fascist propaganda have a great deal in common. H. ) Individuals who are extreme in the opposite direction are much more diverse .... Nevertheless, it was possible to distinguish several types of personality structure that seemed particularly resistant to antidemocratic ideas.

This new Weltanschauung is characterized by a growing philosophy of despair and protest against the mechanized, decidedly rational character of the society of this period. The proponents of this philosophy "detested the growth of mechanization and equated it with arid intellectualism" (Harrison 20). H. B. Yeats, among others, also protested the growing mechanization of society (Harrison 20). " Although Paul Lagarde began writing in the early nineteenth century, while Moeller van den Bruck's Das Dritte Reich was published in 1931, strongly similar motifs are evident amongst all three writers.

LAWRENCE AND THE AUTHORITARrAN PERSONALITY an effective concept it had a very real meaning in Nazi attitudes. It was hortatory and defined a state of mind. (56) Marxist-related ideology was "typically modified," to suit fascistic purposes. This again reinforces the most vital distinction between the varying forms of fascism, the distinction of the methods adopted to enforce the ideology. The fascist methods practiced in Italy, France, and Franco's Spain were clearly different from those practiced by National Socialism and Stalinism.

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