Sharon Stockton
Agency, Inscription, and Bodies of Depth:
Rape and Technology in Twentieth-Century Literature

NOTES 1 In "The Thermodynamics of Gender: Lawrence, Science and Sexism, Michael Wutz places the Lawrentian hot (male) and cold (female) bodies within the context of thermodynamics. 2 Notwithstanding the possibility that Mellors "uses his power caringly," the first instance of intercourse between him and Constance Chatterley is, in fact, rape. I cannot agree with Wall that Mellors's "caring" and his association with myth legitimate and rewrite the incident as an "initiation"--although this is clearly what Lawrence himself would claim (145). Wall is not alone in her apologia for the rape scene in Lady Chatterley's Lover; Swift argues that, when not looked at "superficially," the novel is about "the democracy of touch" (165), and many other critics have claimed that the sacredness of the event excuses its violence against women, including Black, Spilka, Schorer, and nearly every contributor (all of whom are male) to Jeffrey Meyers' The Legacy of D. H. Lawrence. All of these apologies for Lawrence overlook not only the violence explicit in Lawrence's representations of sexual relationships but in the Western construction of gender and identity generally. 3 See Laura Mulvey's "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema for the ground breaking work on scopophilia, "structures of looking," and the power of the controlling gaze. 4 In Migrancy, Culture, Identity, Iain Chambers writes extensively about the migrant nature of the worker in late capitalism.