Friday, November 19, 2010
Women in Love
Purchased at the Fordham University Book Store for a course on Modern British Fiction, as I recall. It was taught by a professor named Phil Sicker, who I studied with several times, most importantly in his class on Ulysses.
I don't remember much about reading this book but I remember him discussing it. Two images spring to mind. The first is of Prof. Sicker describing a homo-erotically charged scene between two men wrestling playfully on the floor of a drawing room (I have no idea if this is an accurate depiction of the book). He used the word "clench" several times in a way that made it sound sexually explicit. ("Is there another way to use it," I wonder aloud to myself?)
The other is of him describing Lawrence's theory of the solar plexus as center of sexual energy in the body. I remember we all laughed -- I think he intended us to laugh so he could lead into his next point, which was that he had personally felt a charge in the area of the solar plexus in the heat of sexual abandon and that Lawrence may have been on to something. He arched his body and thrust his arms outward to depict the raw power of this sexual charge.
I remember his wife gave birth to a son around that time and they called him "Tycho," I believe after the Danish astronomer.
from Women in Love
Here's a link to the wrestling scene: