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D. H. Lawrence, Rananim and Gilbert Cannan's Windmills

Harrison, Andrew



© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Oxford University Press 2018; all rights reserved. Biographers and critics of D. H. Lawrence have long recognized the significance of his various schemes to establish small utopian communities in locations such as Florida, the Andes, Palestine, Connecticut, and New Mexico. Recent accounts have, however, sought to distinguish the so-called 'Rananim' fantasy which Lawrence created with his wife and a select group of friends over Christmas and New Year 1914-1915 from his later schemes for communitarian living. This essay offers a detailed and revisionary reassessment of the contexts of the Rananim fantasy, drawing on little-known evidence and a previously overlooked textual source to suggest that the largely forgotten playwright, author and critic Gilbert Cannan shared Lawrence's anti-war views in this period and actively participated in the formulation of Rananim and the associated plan to inhabit an island in the South Seas.


Harrison, A. (2018). D. H. Lawrence, Rananim and Gilbert Cannan's Windmills. Review of English Studies, 69(292), 953-966.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 15, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 9, 2020
Journal Review of English Studies
Print ISSN 0034-6551
Electronic ISSN 1471-6968
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 69
Issue 292
Pages 953-966
Keywords Linguistics and Language; Literature and Literary Theory; Language and Linguistics
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