[ilds] RG Justine - Eagleton

David Holdsworth holdsworth at rogers.com
Tue May 29 09:05:20 PDT 2007


 

 

Beatrice Skordili wrote:

 

The scholars working on Joyce or Conrad (for instance) have managed to keep
them current in the academy by demonstrating their relevance to these very
theoretical and political debates. Unlike them Durrell scholarship--along
with that of other worthwhile authors--has persisted in maintaining a
distance from these debates, from these issues, evincing instead a desire to
keep the author very much alive and intentional. Only the kind of work that
will be commensurate to Durrell's own awareness and investment in all the
issues that the academy later came to call post-structuralist theory
(understood in the broadest terms) and the ways in which his work intervenes


meaningfully in this field will make Durrell relevant in these discussions. 

 

This is an interesting intervention - the role of the academy in shaping
Durrell's reputation a generation after his death. 

 

Presumably all the professional scholars understand exactly its implications
for criticism of Durrell and agree or disagree. But it would be helpful to
those non-scholars among us if Beatrice could elaborate this point a bit.
Can she provide any specific examples of critical approaches to Joyce and
Conrad which in her view Durrell scholarship should be following? Any
comments from the scholars?

 

Thanks.

 

David Holdsworth

 

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