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D. H. LawrenceAesthetics and Ideology$
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Anne Fernihough

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112358.001.0001

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Lawrence and Bloomsbury II: Art versus Text

Lawrence and Bloomsbury II: Art versus Text

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D. H. Lawrence

Fernihough Anne

Oxford University Press

D. H. Lawrence and his Bloomsbury contemporaries shared many of the same concerns, and, in particular, they set out to dispel the myth of a naively mimetic art, seeing realism to be complicit with what would today be described as a logocentric model of language. It now seems that this idea of a naively mimetic realism was something of a shibboleth, and that Lawrence and the Bloomsbury critics deliberately presented it in crude and reductive terms. It is unlikely that unproblematic, one-to-one correspondence between elements of language and world was ever really assumed by realistic art, that art ever aspired to be the world, rendering itself curiously redundant, in the way that many modernist art theorists suggest. This is, however, what Lawrence and his Bloomsbury contemporaries tried to argue in order to further the cause of Post-Impressionism and other forms of modern art.

Keywords:   D. H. Lawrence, Bloomsbury, mimetic art, realism, logocentric model, language, art theory, modern art, Post-Impressionism

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