AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies volume, 1 Number 2, May2017                                           Pp.176 -191

Regenesis: Lawrence and a Re-Evaluation of the Genesis story

Roumaissa  MOUSSAOUI

 Department of English, Faculty of Art, 20 Aout 1955 University of Skikda
Skikda, Algeria



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The sterility of twentieth century society fostered nostalgia for the values of the past and a renewed interest in classical mythology. For D. H. Lawrence (1885 –1930), myth became one of the most important elements in both his fictional and non fictional works. Taking well-known examples, he reinterpreted them as an illustration of his own personal vision. This article is limited to a study of three major fictional works: The Rainbow, Women in Love and The Virgin and The Gypsy and attempts to analyse them in the light of the Genesis myth. It hinges on the hypothesis that Lawrence, by condemning orthodox religious beliefs, formulated his own creation myth: his regenesis.  He attempted to expose the false ideals of conventional society, which had for centuries destroyed man’s natural intuition, by a re-examination of the Genesis myth. By using an analytical approach, this article aims to answer several provocative questions. Firstly, how far did Lawrence succeed in undermining conventional authority? Secondly, how successful was he in formulating his philosophy of regenesis? Thirdly, to what extent can this philosophy be seen as an answer to the problems of the age?

Cite as:

MOUSSAOUI, R.  (2017). Regenesis: Lawrence and a Re-Evaluation of the Genesis story. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 1(2).


Roumaissa Moussaoui is a doctorate student in English literature at the University of 20
Août 1955 of Skikda, Algeria. Roumaissa is an English language teacher in high school level for
last four years. Her research interest teaching English language and African literature.