[ilds] Selfhood

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 6 13:13:09 PDT 2009

I would say the two terms are essentially identical for Durrell, but  
someone else may disagree.  "Ego," I believe, is the old Freudian  
term, which has fallen out of favor, along with Freud's fall from  
grace.  I sense that "self" is the popular term nowadays.  Is the  
concept of "ego"/self dead?  Well, that's what this discussion is all  
about.  Is the self fragmented, without a stable identity?  I say no.   
Durrell seems to say yes, especially in Monsieur.


On Oct 6, 2009, at 12:30 PM, Jacob Riley wrote:

> I wonder if takling about the "self" is different from talking about  
> the "ego". Can the self be composed of many different selves?  
> Durrell has already pronounced upon the death of the discrete ego in  
> the Avignon Quintet and in certain interviews. I'm just not sure if  
> the self and the ego are the same things for Durrell.

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