Pissarello, Giulia (2011) Industrialism as "tragedy of ugliness": D.H. Lawrence's ecological consciousness. Griseldaonline, Vol. 10 . eISSN 1721-4777. Article.
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«It was in 1915 the old world ended», wrote D.H. Lawrence in Kangaroo (1923). According to Virginia Woolf’s (Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown, 1924), it was instead «In or around December, 1910, [that] human character changed». To grasp the meaning of the ‘end’ or ‘change’ announced by these two Modernist writers, it is perhaps sufficient to mention here their intimate reaction against the exasperated materialism of the 19th century. In fact they wrote their works of rupture – and in a ‘language of rupture’ – a few decades after the deflagrating echo of the triumph of progress in England (celebrated in 1851 by means of the daring architectural structure of the Crystal Palace built for the Great Exhibition of London), after the 19th century boom in industrial production, after the rapid expansion of railway lines all over the country and the increase in British merchant navy tonnage, after the frantic growth of industrial areas and, consequently, the multiplication of the slums where the masses of citified workers coming from the country were forced to live.
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