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Industrialism as "tragedy of ugliness": D.H. Lawrence's ecological consciousness

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.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:6622
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Industrialism, ecological consciousness, David Herbert Lawrence
Subjects:Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-LIN/10 Letteratura inglese
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze dei linguaggi
Publisher:Archetipo Libri
eISSN:1721-4777
Additional Information:Articolo contenuto nel n. monografico 10 "Ecologia dello sguardo"
Deposited On:22 Nov 2011 11:40

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