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

william godshalk godshawl at email.uc.edu
Sat Apr 21 12:18:43 PDT 2007

>the book is there and says
>something what is not only subjective and without being something stable
>but in time.It does something , like a spirit of place, I guess even to
>the author.

I think Stanley Fish would argue that the book (or narrative in the 
book) is an artefact, and the reader is the archaeologist. The 
artefact always needs to be interpreted by the archaeologist. The 
creator of the artefact may have been changed in some way or ways by 
the act of creation, but the book itself needs to be interpreted 
before it can be said to do something.  You see I am in my library 
surrounded by lazy books that refuse to do anything!! (That's 
supposed to be a joke,)


>-----Original Message-----
>From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On
>Behalf Of Bruce Redwine
>Sent: dinsdag 17 april 2007 16:28
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
>Haag says it well, and I think he is right.  Credit goes to the author.
>I do not think "active reading" elevates the reader/critic to the status
>of the author.  The author has written the book, and the reader should
>try to understand what the author is doing.  As to "multiple readings,"
>multiple does not mean valid.  And I do not find reading a "passive"
>activity.  It's hard.  Which may be one of the reasons films are
>preferred nowadays.
>-----Original Message-----
> >From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
> >Sent: Apr 16, 2007 5:37 PM
> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine 1.4 -- active reading & Justine
> >
> >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.
> >
> >:Michael
> >
> >
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