[ilds] AUSSIE ETHER: DURRELL AND THE EMPIRE

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Wed May 30 04:53:02 PDT 2007


I agree with the below, but it wasn't me (RP) who wrote of the 'Aussie ether' - the only 'Aussie' I wrote about was the awful Anthiony Durrell.
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  From: Denise Tart & David Green 
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  RP wrote recently of the Aussie ether. What he was refering to I have no notion of except that recent emails have mentioned Durrell's love hate relationship with with the mother country (not cuntry - as one of my students recently spelt it, though perhaps this is apt) which we in Australia, as a member of the British Commonwealth and as a former colony, feel very strongly. Like Durrell many of us born in the empire outside Britain to middle class parents were brought up to respect and imitate the values and conduct of the English Gentleman and yet, upon aquaintance with that country, even given our education, intellect and conduct we were (are) regarded as inferior and indeed condescended to. Durrell never felt accepted in England even though his accent was impeccably posh. His experience of pudding island I believe resonates with many 'colonials' possibly even with Americans although you guys fought off the British (with French help) and have become an empire yourselves leading to a huge sense of cultural importance. When I read Durrell I very much feel his sense of colonial misplacement. Successful Aussie writers go to London or increasingly to New York. Durrell stayed in the Mediterranean, moved around a lot, took comfort in the bottle and probably never felt truly at home in any country.


  Denise Tart & David Green
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  Denise Tart & David Green
  16 William Street, Marrickville NSW 2204

  +61 2 9564 6165
  0412 707 625
  dtart at bigpond.net.au


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