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Representations of Science and Technology in British Literature Since 1880


Earl G. Ingersoll

This important book explores representative works of literature as expressions of British culture's responses to science and technology. Although its center is the major novels of D.H. Lawrence, this study begins with the writings of Lawrence's forerunners and contemporaries - Hardy, Conrad, Shaw, Forster, Woolf - and examines the work of his literary heirs - Huxley, Orwell, Burgess, Golding - as well as other interpreters of Lawrence's legacy - Sillitoe, Shaffer, Lodge. In addition to the expected hostility, especially toward technology, these carefully selected works frequently reveal ambivalent and occasionally even positive responses to the «other» culture of science and technology in the past 100 years.