[ilds] Durrell and the academy

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Thu Jul 19 13:10:19 PDT 2007

Thanks, James, for adding further to Charles' observations on why 
Durrell does not figure highly in academe.  Charles had mentioned 
utility; that Durrell does not serve the purpose of 'uplift' for 
example, and you seem to be saying something of the same, that he just 
does not fit in, does not tote that bale.  I find this very 
encouraging.  He seems to be outliving the paradigms.


On Thursday, July 19, 2007, at 03:20  am, James Gifford wrote:

> In other words, he does not comfortably sit within any established 
> camp.
>   No one on a mission likes that, and I find it doubtful you can find
> pedagogy without a direction or purpose...
> Durrell also hasn't fit so well into many of the paradigms that have
> ruled the roost for periods of time over the last 30 to 40 years:
> deconstruction, postcolonialism, marxism, national literatures, area
> studies, new media, modernism, psychoanalysis (Lacanian in particular),
> and so forth.

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