[ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Mon Apr 16 17:37:02 PDT 2007

My impression, reading Durrell, is that he is controlling his effects 
to a very high degree, and also controlling his reader.  That is very 
important to him, that he draws the reader in and manipulates him; by 
suckering the reader, it validates Durrell's attempt to alter reality.  
Durrell is a magician who wants his audience to believe in his 
illusions so that he can believe in his illusions.  I do not believe 
for a moment that the reader is being thrown back on his own resources 
or is being encouraged to see anything that Durrell does not want him 
to see.


On Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at 01:25  am, william godshalk wrote:

> More evidence that readers are active, and texts are passive?
> Yes, but some writers like LD seem more attuned to the reading act, 
> crafting complex texts that are at once aesthetically pleasing and 
> intellectually stimulating--textual environments primed for readerly 
> activity. 
> This sounds pretty edu to this reader!  Is a "textual environment 
> primed for readerly activity" much like a book? Or a computer screen? 
> Or a cereal box? Or a letter? Or the TLS? Or anything that may be > read?
> And what is the submerged metaphor here? A pump?
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