[ilds] Digested Classics: Justine

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Sat Nov 29 10:31:09 PST 2008

James Gifford wrote:
> Marc Piel wrote:
>> Just in bad taste.... is that satire?
> I think that's most satire! Yes!
The satire falls short because it mistakes Darley's style for Durrell's style.  

There are so many other facets and voices and writerly styles in the /Quartet/.  And a good number of those voices--Pursewarden's and Arnauti's especially--make it clear that /Justine/ and the /Quartet/ are already parodies, self-satirical in their ironies. 

Thus the problem with taking any one statement from /Justine/ with high seriousness.  Take a line from that novel and set it up it as precept--well,  Brother Ass, you crawl backward more like Polonius every day. . . .


Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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