[ilds] Said & Durrell

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon May 28 11:53:33 PDT 2007

I guess I'm just dense (which others have pointed out).  But I don't see any problem with putting Lawrence Durrell and Joseph Conrad together in the same boat.  Anyone who wants to do that, no matter what their ulterior motive, offends me not in the least and raises no call to arms.  I care not a whit about the "fact and power" of the literary Establishment, which, by the way, brings to mind Said and his reverence for Michel Foucault.  Not only that, I liked Scruton's piece.
>>On 5/28/2007 11:07 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>>I also don't see the linkage.  How can you?
>On 5/28/07, Charles Sligh responded:  
>>But is not the point, as in all reading of editorial or political 
>>rhetoric, not the "truth" of the linkage, but instead the fact and power 
>>and specificity of the linkage?  That such a linkage happened it all in 
>>2007 and that Scruton thought that invoking Lawrence Durrell (alongside 
>>Turgenev and Conrad; in a certain contrast to Said) would add a cache of 
>>some sort to his indictment of Said?
>>I have read Eagleton and Said invoking "Lawrence Durrell" in certain 
>>ways, and now I find Scruton calling up "Lawrence Durrell" to serve in 
>>other ways.  Whatever the truth, we ignore what these usages at our 
>>peril--whether we are recommending books to friends and lovers, 
>>proposing syllabi and fielding book proposals, or announcing On Miracle 
>>Ground conferences or the next meetings at the Durrell School of Corfu.

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