[ilds] Durrell and the Academy

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed Jul 18 16:20:18 PDT 2007


My socks are still watching you, Pamela.

:Michael


On Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at 11:23  pm, Pamela Francis wrote:

> Michael's books are lovely, and I have already availed myself of his 
> knowledge of Egypt; I will continue to do so as I write my 
> dissertation IF he will still speak to me, now that he knows of my 
> post-colonialistness...I also recently purchased his edition of Pharos 
> and Pharillon.  Really, Michael, we must speak sometime on the topic 
> of how to be a "publisher".  It sounds so glamorous!  Another very 
> useful book for any and all Durrell scholars (I can't believe that 
> "Durrellian" has a negative connotation, Charles!  I love being a 
> Durrellian!) is Brewster Chamberlin's new chronology.  This is 
> absolutely the most useful item I've come across in LD work--and not 
> just for LD, but for a large sampling of the milieu.
>
> I know we see ourselves as fighting against a current of trendy 
> theories and other dissing of Durrell, but I tend to think that the 
> state of Durrell studies is fairly strong.  I can't wait to read James 
> Clawson's dissertation--and congrats to him for defending !  He'll be 
> Dr. Clawson in Paris! And of course, Jamie and Charles are regular 
> Durrell scholarship machines!   
>
> And I know for a fact we have more fun than Joyceans.  I believe 
> Durrell studies is in good health.  And I think I'll drink to 
> that...pamela  
>
>
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>
> From:  Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> Reply-To:  Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, 
> ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> To:  ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject:  Re: [ilds] Durrell and the Academy
> Date:  Wed, 18 Jul 2007 14:54:28 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
> >On 7/18/07, Charles Sligh writes,
> >
> > >Despite this small, valiant effort, we still find--at least I see 
> that
> > >we do--a continued neglect of Durrell in the Academy.  I have 
> already
> > >rehearsed the conversations that I have overheard and the advisement
> > >that I have received over the years indicating a concerned suspicion
> > >about Durrell as a topic of serious study.  Although I do not think 
> that
> > >we have precisely defined its origins, its causes, and its 
> strongholds
> > >(major research institutions? top-tier academic journals and
> > >publishers?), I hope that this too-easy and unexamined hostility 
> may be
> > >changing.  I think that I see the beginnings of this change.  We 
> have at
> > >least three younger scholars working with wholehearted and 
> sharp-minded
> > >dedication to that project.  As a Victorianist connected to several
> > >important institutions and resources, I am dedicated to supporting 
> the
> > >work of these younger Durrellian scholars and the others who will, I
> > >hope, follow their lead in future days.  Yet I do not pretend that 
> the
> > >sponsorship and fostering of Durrell studies will be easy.  It will 
> take
> > >much constancy, effort, and dedication.
> >
> >
> >To the list of those doing important scholarship on LD, I add Michael 
> Haag's name, whose book on Alexandria and the upcoming biography of 
> LD, should open the eyes of many in Academia.  His books are being 
> published by Yale, and I expect they have and will have a profound and 
> decisive impact on Durrellian studies and how Durrell is perceived in 
> the Academy.  I think the term sea change is appropriate here.
> >
> >Bruce
> > >
> >
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