The literary works of DH Lawrence are widely understood to be of international significance. This project seeks to recognise their importance to the local community, and to celebrate the literary heritage that surrounds Lawrence's life and works.
The DHLRC’s research informs high-profile cultural activity in the region, engaging school children, community and special interest groups regionally, and a broader public through national and international media activity, with insights into Lawrence’s life, works and legacy in order to encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of Nottinghamshire’s rich cultural heritage.
This project has progressed in three key phases of research
John's groundbreaking biographical research focused on Lawrence's early life in Nottinghamshire. It provides the most detailed account to date of the physical contexts of the author’s family, while also re-evaluating the lasting impact of his upbringing on his writing. Worthen emphasises Lawrence’s status as an outsider and English radical: Lawrence is shown to be a writer who travelled widely and wrote about different cultures, but whose imagination constantly returned to his Nottinghamshire roots in order to articulate a critique of English society and English attitudes.
Phase 2 undertaken by Sean Matthews Sean's research centred on Lawrence’s legacy in British culture, concentrating specifically on the 1950s and 1960s. Its key critical insights, articulated in an essay on the Chatterley Trial, concerned the important role played by Lawrence in debates around not only obscenity and literary value, but also class and education in this period.
Phase 3 undertaken by Andrew Harrison Andrew has drawn on phases 1 and 2 of the research in the re-evaluation of Lawrence's life and legacy by contextualising earlier biographical approaches to Lawrence and offering a revisionary and comparative account of the importance of his regional links. Andrew is also involved in publishing and describing newly-discovered letters and other writings of Lawrence. His research is building towards a new critical biography of the author.
A selection of publications for the Conserving Lawrence's legacy project
A selection of events and collaborations with and for the general public
Coverage in the New Zealand and British Media of the DHLRC’s discovery of an unpublished Lawrence manuscript
Press summary on Storify
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