Lawrence’s response to Futurism in the letters vis-à-vis his representation of “what the woman is” in The Rainbow

Joyjit Ghosh

Associate Professor, Department of English, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India. Email:

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DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n2.15


D.H. Lawrence, as a conscious artist, was very much acquainted with contemporary art movements. A close study of his letters shows that Futurism as an artistic/literary movement appealed to him when he was passing through a transitional phase in his career as a novelist. The attempts of the Futurists to purge emotions of “the old forms and sentimentalities” was appreciated by Lawrence although he did not like their “ultra scientific” ventures to represent mental states. The present essay seeks to analyse two letters of Lawrence written in 1914 where he gives his response to Futurism, and at the same time it attempts to explore how this avant-garde art movement shaped the imagination of the author in conceiving the major women characters of The Rainbow (1915).

Keywords: Ego, Futurism, Marinetti, Self, Woman

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