The Totalizing Organic: Lawrence and Fascism

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI:
The Totalizing Organic: Lawrence and Fascism

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Paul Cézanne's apple provides an apt image with which to begin a discussion of D. H. Lawrence's views on art, not only because of its biblical connotations, but also because it suggests the organicity that has in recent years become one of the most controverted topics within aesthetics. Bertrand Russell's allegation, that Lawrence's views ‘led straight to Auschwitz’, has too often been dismissed or evaded; it has also far too often been swallowed unquestionably among a new generation of students no longer prepared to dirty their hands with Lawrence. Recent overviews of Lawrence's work tend to match totalitarianism with totalitarianism. Lawrence was fascistic, the general line of argument runs, therefore people should not read him. Only by working through, time and again, those thought-processes that can lead to fascism, will people remember that they can and did do so.

Keywords: Paul Cézanne; D. H. Lawrence; organicity; aesthetics; Bertrand Russell; totalitarianism; fascism; art

Chapter.  8445 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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