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The Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts$
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Catherine Brown and Susan Reid

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474456623

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474456623.001.0001

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(p.354) 23 Architecture
The Edinburgh Companion to D. H. Lawrence and the Arts

Sarah Edwards

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter surveys Lawrence’s responses to architecture – European and otherwise, domestic and religious, ancient and modern - in the range of literary genres that Lawrence experimented with in the course of his career, including his novels, travel writing, poetry, essays and architectural criticism. It locates these ideas within late Edwardian and Georgian, as well as early modernist, literary contexts and the wider social contexts of war, urban and industrial development. The chapter also considers how Lawrence’s work can be situated in relation to some of his contemporaries’ responses to architecture, including the emergence of modern architecture, such as the Crystal Palace; the country house and the inter-war preservation movement; mock-Gothic and the cathedral; the development of suburbia; and European, African and American ruins and new styles, as well as art and interior design.

Keywords:   D.H. Lawrence, Architecture, Cathedral, Suburbia, Ruins, Crystal Palace, Country house, Preservation, Art

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