Art and Technology: Victorian Predecessors

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI:
Art and Technology: Victorian Predecessors

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Women in Love is both an intense scrutiny of the status of art and artists in modern society and a graphic and heartfelt evocation of the spread of the ‘leprosy’ of industrialism over the land. For D. H. Lawrence, aesthetics and industrialism are vitally connected. This chapter examines the links between Lawrence's art-criticism and Victorian commentaries on industrialism, in order to go on to point to the ways in which Lawrence departed from the positions of his nineteenth-century predecessors. The inclusion of Martin Heidegger in an assessment of Lawrence's writings on art is not arbitrary, although, surprisingly, almost nothing has been published on the extensive links between these two thinkers. Like Lawrence, Heidegger was an energetic commentator on both art and the impact of capitalistic industrialism and technology on the environment.

Keywords: art; artists; modern society; industrialism; aesthetics; art-criticism; Victorian period; D. H. Lawrence; Martin Heidegger; technology

Chapter.  4682 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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