Lawrence and Heidegger II: The World as Work of Art

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in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI:
Lawrence and Heidegger II: The World as Work of Art

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For D. H. Lawrence and Martin Heidegger, it is the light of reason that, in shedding its rays, appropriates and thereby abolishes things; art, for both of them, comes into being in a more crepuscular world in which this obliterating movement of consciousness is somehow arrested. For art, in their view, is not under the sway of method; through an assertion of its own materiality, it exceeds method, and thus imposes a limit on human presumption. In a culture founded upon method, and consequently upon violence and the will-to-power, art, in its absolute otherness to the laws of instrumental reason, is seen by them to commit itself to weakness and non-violence, in a kind of aggressive humility. However, it can only do this if it is responded to as art.

Keywords: D. H. Lawrence; Martin Heidegger; art; consciousness; materiality; violence; reason; humility

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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