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The Strange Stimulus of the Forest: Bergsonism and Plant-Like Posthumanism in D.H. Lawrence's Aaron's Rod

MFS - Modern Fiction Studies. 2019. Vol. 65. No. 2. P. 338-353.

D.H. Lawrence considered Aaron's Rod the successor to The Rainbow and Women in Love. However, its opaque protagonist was alienating, and has left the novel considered minor next to those forebears. Lawrence's fascination with trees, which peaked around the time of Aaron's Rod, can provide a means to understand Aaron Sisson better - and with it the novel centred upon him. Aaron's mode of living coheres with a plant-like scheme: unprocessed response to immediate stimuli, and the bifurcating pursuance of ostensibly exclusive possibilities simultaneously. It can be counted an exploration of a posthuman mode of living, one with strong echoes of Henri Bergson.