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Epilogue: An Aesthetics of the Body?

Fernihough Anne

in D. H. Lawrence

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112358.003.0012
Epilogue: An Aesthetics of the Body?

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D. H. Lawrence's position as an outsider, socially, geographically, and professionally, meant that he was peculiarly well placed to criticize in terms of broad contours and large principles. He took full advantage of his marginality, launching wholesale attacks on movements right across the political spectrum. Lawrence's ‘anti-imperialistic’ aesthetics does not deny the importance (or the inescapability in practice) of political ideologies. Indeed, for Lawrence, art's ‘openness’ is only conceivable as openness by virtue of the meaningful and necessary ideologies both surrounding it and vying for attention within it. Art is seen by Lawrence to be both a site of conflict and the one refuge from instrumentality, the one place in which ideologies can be expressed and tested without the risk of disastrous consequences in the practical world. In recent years, critics have been on their guard against those philosophers who commit the fatal error of aestheticizing reality.

Keywords: outsider; aesthetics; philiosophy; D. H. Lawrence; anti-imperialistic aesthetics; reality; political ideology; art

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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