Language, Nature and the Politics of Materialism: Raymond Williams and D. H. Lawrence

  • Jeff Wallace


Raymond Williams returned regularly in his writing to the life and work of D. H. Lawrence. If, as it often seems tempting to do, we were to use the 1979 New Left Review interviews, Politics and Letters, as a kind of of master-narrative with which to decode certain developments in Williams’s own work, then a fairly clear movement in his attitude to Lawrence would seem to present itself. In response to the suggestion that he had changed his mind ‘very drastically’ about Lawrence, Williams admitted; ‘I got much harder about Lawrence over the years.’1


Literary Criticism Structural Linguistic Marxist Theory Socialist Politics Intellectual Discourse 
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