D. H. Lawrence: Aesthetics and Ideology

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The vast body of Lawrence scholarship has veered between the extremes of uncritical celebration and violent denigration. This first extended study of Lawrence's aesthetics draws on a number of modern critical approaches to present an original and balanced analysis of Lawrence's literary and art criticism, and of the complex cultural context from which it emerged. This fascinating and lucid 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.

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"An eloquent and erudite attempt to define Lawrence's organicist aesthetics in terms that allow it ultimately to fall on the positive side of the political fence."—Modern Language Review

"This formidably knowledgeable and learned book marks a radical new direction in Lawrence studies....Probably the most significant book written about Lawrence this decade. Anyone interested in Lawrence will be learning from it for years to come."—Notes and Queries

"...[a] wide-ranging yet concentrated study....Fernihough's study brilliantly situates Lawrence in relation to current linguistic and social theory and underlines the continuing relevance of his ideas on art and culture for present-day readers."—Modern Philology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198112358
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Girton College, Cambridge
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Totalizing Organic: Lawrence and Fascism 16
2 The Fractured Organic: Lawrence's Aesthetics 34
3 Analysing the Analyst: Lawrence's Clash with Freud 61
4 Lawrence and Bloomsbury I: Significant Form 83
5 Lawrence and Bloomsbury II: Art versus Text 100
6 Lawrence and Bloomsbury III: Cezanne's Apple 117
7 Art and Technology: Victorian Predecessors 130
8 Lawrence and Heidegger I: The World as Object 140
9 Lawrence and Heidegger II: The World as Work of Art 154
10 An 'Anti-Imperialist' Aesthetics 171
Epilogue: An Aesthetics of the Body? 187
Bibliography 192
Index 207
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