Harmonious Concordance of Men, Women and Nature: A Study of Lawrence’s Ecological Philosophy in His Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Yaoyao WANG


D. H. Lawrence stands as a talented and unconventional writer in the twentieth century English Literature. Lady Chatterley’s Lover is his last novel which embodies his mature thought. The novel earns him both great fame and strong criticism. In spite of the controversies over Lawrence’s daring description of sexuality, the novel stands the test of time and becomes a classic of literature. The paper intends to reveal Lawrence’s ecological philosophy in Lady Chatterley’s Lover. By depicting harmonious nature and harmonious sex relationship, Lawrence presents his ecological philosophy. In the novel, harmonious nature is a silent protest against industrial civilization reflected by the contrast between Wragby and the wood. The harmonious sex relationship in nature is a great liberation of suppressed human nature. The disharmonious relationship between Clifford and Connie is like the deadwood lacking vitality, while the harmonious sex relationship between Mellors and Connie is like intertwining shoots which give mutual supports and vigor. Lady Chatterley’s Lover reflects Lawrence’s far-reaching ecological views and his concern about the whole ecosphere which embodies his strong social responsibility.



Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Ecocriticism; Harmonious nature; Harmonious sex

Full Text:



Ashton, T. S. (1961). The industrial revolution in the eighteenth century: An outline of the beginnings of the modern factory system in England. London: Jonathan Cape.

Baldick, C. (2001). Post-mortem: Lawrence’s critical and cultural legacy. London: Cambridge University Press.

Bate, J. (2000). The song of the earth. Great Britain: Library of Congres Cataloging-in-Publication Data.

Carswell, C. (1981). The savage pilgrimage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dix, C. (1980). D. H. Lawrence and women. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield.

Ellis, D., & Ornella, D. Z. (Eds). (1992). D. H. Lawrence: Critical assessments (Vol.3). London: Helm Infor ltd.

Fjagesund, P. (1992). The apocalyptic world of D. H. Lawrence. Norway: Norwegian University Press.

Greenblatt, S., et al. (Eds.) (2013). The norton anthology of English literature (9th ed., Vol. 2). New York: W. W. Norton and Company.

Hough, G. (1956). The dark sun: A study of D. H. Lawrence. London: Duckworth.

Huxley, A. (Ed.). (1932). The letters of D. H. Lawrence. London: Heinemann.

Jackson, D. (1998). Critical essays on British literature. Boston: GK. Hall.

Jae-Kyung, K. (2002). D. H. Lawrence’s world vision of cultural regeneration in lady Chatterley’s lover. The Midwest Quarterly, 43(2),196.

Kilvert, I. (1984). British writers (Vol. VII). New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

Lawrence, D. H. (1974). Apocalypse. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Lawrence, D. H. (1996). Lady Chatterley’s lover. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

Leavis, F. R. (1955). D. H. Lawrence: Novelist. London: Chatto and Windus.

Moore, H. T., & Roberts, W. (1988). D. H. Lawrence. London: Thames and Hudson.

Murry, J. M. (1931). Son of women: The story of D. H. Lawrence. New York: Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith.

Sagar, K. (1979). D. H. Lawrence: A calendar of his works. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Ward, A. C. (1981). Longman companion to twentieth century literature. Essex: Longman Group Ltd.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/8639


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2016 Yaoyao WANG

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Share us to:   


Online Submissionhttp://cscanada.org/index.php/sll/submission/wizard


How to do online submission to another Journal?

If you have already registered in Journal A, then how can you submit another article to Journal B? It takes two steps to make it happen:

1. Register yourself in Journal B as an Author

Find the journal you want to submit to in CATEGORIES, click on “VIEW JOURNAL”, “Online Submissions”, “GO TO LOGIN” and “Edit My Profile”. Check “Author” on the “Edit Profile” page, then “Save”.

2. Submission

Go to “User Home”, and click on “Author” under the name of Journal B. You may start a New Submission by clicking on “CLICK HERE”.

We only use three mailboxes as follows to deal with issues about paper acceptance, payment and submission of electronic versions of our journals to databases: caooc@hotmail.com; sll@cscanada.net; sll@cscanada.org

 Articles published in Studies in Literature and Language are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY).


Address: 1055 Rue Lucien-L'Allier, Unit #772, Montreal, QC H3G 3C4, Canada.
Telephone: 1-514-558 6138 
Website: Http://www.cscanada.net; Http://www.cscanada.org 
E-mailoffice@cscanada.net; office@cscanada.org; caooc@hotmail.com

Copyright © 2010 Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture