Lawrence and Heidegger I: The World as Object

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI:
Lawrence and Heidegger I: The World as Object

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The opening of Sons and Lovers connects the railway track and the discursive sentence. For D. H. Lawrence, it is a very literal connection. Lawrence saw his culture to be dominated by what he called ‘the Logos’, and directed much of his criticism against a mimetic or logocentric model of language premissed on a form/content split. It is this supposition of a form/content split in language that makes possible scientific discourse, and, by extension, scientific method, technology. A connection between logocentrism and violence is drawn out in Studies in Classic American Literature (1923). Here, what Lawrence sees as the Americans' tendency towards an intellectual violation of Nature is closely bound up with their physical rape of Nature, through mechanization and industrialization. This chapter deals with the philosophy of Lawrence and Martin Heidegger regarding objectivity.

Keywords: D. H. Lawrence; Martin Heidegger; violence; logocentrism; technology; objectivity; mechanization; industrialization

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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