By John Cowper Powys
"A Glastonbury Romance, first released in 1932, is Powys masterwork, an epic novel of significant cumulative strength and lyrical depth. In it he probes the paranormal and non secular ethos of the small English village of Glastonbury, and the influence upon its population of a legendary culture from the remotest previous of human historical past - the legend of the Grail. Powys's wealthy iconography interweaves the traditional with the fashionable, the ancient with the mythical, and the ingenious inside of guy with the wildlife outdoors him to create a publication of astounding scope and beauty."
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He resembles Ursula’s uncle Tom Brangwen in his passivity before the machinery which determines his actions and existence; while Tom maintains his self-preservation in an industrial society, Evelyn awaits death in an industrialised war. Ursula liberates herself from Tom’s industry, and by implication from Evelyn’s war, through “a great, passionate effort of will” (R, 417, 324). The parallel between Evelyn and Skrebensky bears upon Lawrence’s diagnosis that “man must find a new expression, give a new value to life, or his women will reject him, and he must die” (ii.
As we shall see, trauma theory is an extremely powerful tool for positioning Lawrence and Eliot in relation to war, since it supplements historical materialism with a methodology for understanding how individuals experienced large-scale events. Kai Erikson reverses the process Introduction 23 of identifying the victim by the extremity of the event: “it is how people react to them rather than what they are that gives events whatever traumatic quality they can be said to have. . 43 Trauma theory can be used to measure the impact of the destruction of the symbolic order by which people make sense of their lives.
Kai Erikson reverses the process Introduction 23 of identifying the victim by the extremity of the event: “it is how people react to them rather than what they are that gives events whatever traumatic quality they can be said to have. . 43 Trauma theory can be used to measure the impact of the destruction of the symbolic order by which people make sense of their lives. However this strength is open to abuse, as many legal claims for childhood abuse have demonstrated in recent years. ” We can claim “secondary victimhood” of war for Eliot and Lawrence, but we need to maintain a distinction between them and the primary victims in the field.