D. H. LAWRENCE, LAWRENCE DURRELL & JOHN FOWLES: BRITISH ISLOMANIA
Savel'eva Inna Gennadievna State University of Humanities and Social Studies
Abstract. The article is an attempt to present some preliminary results of the study of ‘islomania’ (i.e. the irresistible crave for islands) which was explored in the oeuvre of such writers as D. H. Lawrence, Lawrence Durrell and John Fowles. The "minor" texts of these authors have not yet been viewed together as body of texts unified by one theme within a particular literary tradition. But in the meantime these texts can show the importance of the island theme in British prose and even form a cohesive viewpoint on travel and islands. The article also gives a historical and cultural context of the phenomenon and allows the reader to trace the major steps in the transition from more generalized view on islands, where the attraction of the exotic and unknown is the strongest, towards more personal attitude, when a trip to an island becomes a certain form of introspection.
Key words and phrases: островомания, острова, проза пребывания, литература путешествий, британская проза, islomania, islands, residence writing, travel writing, British prose.
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