[ilds] Durrell's Notebooks

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Thu May 31 13:18:47 PDT 2007


Yes we do, in the Durrell School of Corfu
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:01 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Durrell's Notebooks


> Does any scholar out there have plans to publish Durrell's many notebooks? 
> That would seem a very worthy enterprise, although finding a publisher 
> undoubtedly difficult.
>
> Bruce
>
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Durrell School of Corfu <durrells at otenet.gr>
>>Sent: May 30, 2007 11:05 PM
>>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: Re: [ilds] "many fictions"/"many negatives"
>>
>>"It must be made clear that these are not 'characters': a character is an
>>integer in a temporal series: whereas these are personalities embodied by
>>reminiscence: the biological structure of a continuum. Space is my 
>>concern,
>>not matter: so these men and women are not substance but the figment of
>>substance seen in a mirror: I judge them not as man but as part of the
>>scenery". LD, Corfu, 1938, in a notebook for 'The English Book of the 
>>Dead'.
>>----- Original Message ----- 
>>From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>>To: <gifford at uvic.ca>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>>Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:07 AM
>>Subject: Re: [ilds] "many fictions"/"many negatives"
>>
>>
>>> Jamie, yes, that especially includes Blake and Shakespeare.  I'm 
>>> beginning
>>> to think all of Durrell's characters are fictional, even the ones based 
>>> on
>>> "real" people.  He did what Charles talked about earlier today -- he 
>>> took
>>> "spare parts" of things and reassembled them to his own choosing.  I
>>> include people here.  Not at all surprising, most writers probably do
>>> this.  That's a great quote Charles found from the Ingersoll book of
>>> collected conversations, where Durrell says, "I'm a spare parts man"
>>> (Lawrence Durrell:  Conversations, 1998, p. 100).  Thanks for trying to
>>> dig up my "many fictions of ourselves," but my memory failed me again. 
>>> I
>>> actually had in mind, "I now move / Through the many negatives to what I
>>> am" ("Alexandria," ll. 8-9).  "Negatives" could mean feminine "negative
>>> selves," maybe in the sense of Jungian animae, but I also take it to 
>>> mean
>>> "photographic negatives," alternate selves.  Interesting how the two
>>> meanings complement one another.
>>>
>>> Bruce
>>>
>
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