[ilds] DG Justine -- language of the great cycle of historical dreams

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Wed Jun 6 14:20:48 PDT 2007


I'm most interested in 'idioletc' - could we learn more? RP
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  From: william godshalk 
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  Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Justine -- language of the great cycle of historical dreams


  Could it be that Durrell swiped this description from another author? That would account for the change in idioletc.

  Bill


  At 09:01 PM 6/5/2007, you wrote:

    I have just been briefly testing the language of Justine 3.3. And many of the words are nonce words for the novel. Strangely "sexless" is used only once in this novel (p. 178 Dutton 1st). "Farting" is used only here. "Goats" is used three times, twice in relation to Balthazar, and once here. "Marched" is used twice, once here. "Pickled dolphin," as we might expect, is used only here (p.179). "Fox-skins" is used only here. "Tunic" is used twice (pp. 178-179). "Javelin" is used only here. And so on.

    Some of you who have better ears than I will be able to pick up other differences of usage and syntax between the dream text and other passages of the novel. What is the purpose of this difference in language? 


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