[ilds] The Lawrence Durrell reading group

fj.vb at ci.kk.dk fj.vb at ci.kk.dk
Mon Apr 9 08:30:16 PDT 2007


Dear Bill!

Very welcome initiative. Please change my email adress to: fj.kg at ci.kk.dk

                                   Thanks
                                      Finn.




Citat william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>:

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> Welcome to the Lawrence Durrell reading group: Justine
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> Some years ago, we opened the Durrell reading group with a careful and
> sequential reading of Justine. We had given ourselves the
> opportunity to read the novel episode by episode. The group was eager,
> and the comments and observations were excellent. However, the project
> was lost in the summer sun. We would like to revivify it. To begin, we
> welcome your observations, comments, and questions regarding the first
> episode of the novel. Please use RG in the subject line of your email so
> that future readers can simply search for “[RG]” to find the salient
> posts.  For example, a comment on the first episode of
> Justine would read RG Justine 1.1. Send all contributions
> to ilds at lists.uvic.ca
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> There is, of course, the initial question of "which Justine
> will we read?"  As you may know, there are various editions
> of the novel with different page numbers. But Durrell divided
> Justine into four parts, and designated the episodes by dividing
> the text with asterisks or other printing symbols.  To negotiate the
> various pagination schemes of the printings by Faber, Dutton, Penguin,
> Cardinal, &c., we suggest that Durrell readers and scholars use a
> shorthand system (developed by Charles Sligh) by referring to Part
> and to Episode --e.g., Justine 1.3 starts with
> "Notes for landscape tones. . . ."; in Justine 2.2
> Balthazar asks the unnamed Darley to look for his watch-key.  This
> system has the virtue of creating a translation code across most of the
> texts.
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> We hope that the reading group will utilize this shorthand system as a
> starting point to elaborate and to ponder the peculiar textual diversity
> of Justine and, eventually, Durrell's other works.  We have
> long since shrugged off the illusion of constructing a
> "definitive" Justine, and our reading group at its best
> can remind us all that this work cannot be located entirely in a British
> Library notebook or in the fifth imprint of the Faber first edition or in
> the 1962 single volume Quartet.  Rather, Justine the
> work is all of these, as well as all of the past conditions and contexts
> for its production, the writing, revising, printing, marketing,
> reviewing, reading, teaching and scholarly attention. 
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> We welcome your suggestions, contributions, and comments.
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> The Moderators 
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> Charles Sligh
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> James Gifford
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> Bill Godshalk
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