D. H. Lawrence

Anne Fernihough

Published in print July 1993 | ISBN: 9780198112358
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670770 | DOI:
D. H. Lawrence

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This first extended study of D. H. Lawrence's aesthetics draws on a number of modern critical approaches to present an original and balanced analysis of his literary and art criticism, and of the complex cultural context from which it emerged. Emphasizing the influence on this most ‘English’ of writers of a German intellectual and cultural heritage, the author focuses on Lawrence's connections with the völkisch ideologies prevalent in Germany from 1910–1930, from which both Heideggerian philosophy and Nazism emerged. The deep-seated affinities between Lawrentian and Heideggerian aesthetics are examined for the first time, and the author highlights Lawrence's ‘green’ critique of industrialization. New light is shed on Lawrence's hostility towards Sigmund Freud, contrasting the two writers' thinking on art and the unconscious. The book's reassessment of Lawrence's relationship with Bloomsbury opposes the received view that Lawrence and the Bloomsbury art critics were poles apart. This study reveals Lawrence's art criticism as pluralistic and anti-authoritarian, a necessary antidote to his sometimes brutally authoritarian politics and to the dogma and rigidity that pervades so many other areas of Lawrence's thought.

Keywords: literary criticism; art criticism; aesthetics; Martin Heidegger; D. H. Lawrence; Sigmund Freud; Bloomsbury; industrialization

Book.  220 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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