By Gerald Doherty
Oriental Lawrence: the search for the secrets and techniques of Sex explores D.H. Lawrence’s engagement with japanese platforms of proposal, in particular Buddhism and Yoga, that have been his major assets of curiosity. It tracks their effect on his considering and their impact on his fiction. Lawrence seemed to the East much less for social, political, or cultural resolutions to the persistent difficulties that beset the West, yet to have interaction with limit-situations - moments of radical transformation whilst the self sheds its social accoutrements and discovers dynamic new methods of being-in-the-world. He sought these new degrees of wisdom, new modes of hope, new methods of transmuting the self, and new soteriological ambitions that the West appeared not able to supply.