[ilds] Durrell and the Academy

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sun Jul 15 16:03:12 PDT 2007


By the way, I do not think that this was Bruce's point.  It was not 
whether academics wrote about Durrell to advance themselves, but that 
they get bogged down in things like genre.  Though Bill assures us he 
swats genres like flies.

:Michael



On Sunday, July 15, 2007, at 09:06  pm, william godshalk wrote:

>   Charlie is right. Or at least in my experience he's right.
>
> . . . writing articles about Lawrence Durrell does not help at all to 
> secure status in the academy.  Far from it.  Within my department at 
> my university, I am the designated Victorianist, hired to teach 
> Victorian Poetry and Victorian Novels.  In performance reviews and 
> job-interview situations, articles about "Lawrence Durrell" will raise 
> more suspicions and difficulties for me than they will make an 
> opening.   Right or wrong--and I think that it is wrong--this 
> insistence upon specialization is the way it works. 
>
>
> Specializing in Durrell will not get you far up the academic ladder -- 
> unless you combine that interest with something else that has a wider 
> appeal, such as, the British novel from James Joyce to Lawrence 
> Durrell. You'll get your first job because some English department 
> needs a Joycean.  Or you can link Durrell with Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon 
> does allude to Durrell in The Crying of Lot 49.
>
> Bill
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