[ilds] Durrell's Diction

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat May 1 14:56:44 PDT 2010


Gladly.  Where?


BR


On May 1, 2010, at 2:32 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:

> How little we know?
> 
> How very little we are able to know -- in the best of times and places. Fallible -- limited -- never really sure --
> 
> Almost totally ignorant. No that's an overstatement. 
> 
> And then culture gets you and imposes its taboos. 
> 
> Life is a jest and all things show it -- 
> 
> Have a beer on me.
> 
> W. L. Godshalk *
> Department of English    *           *
> University of Cincinnati*   * Stellar Disorder  *
> OH 45221-0069 *  *
> ________________________________________
> From: ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca [ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Charles Sligh [Charles-Sligh at utc.edu]
> Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 5:01 PM
> To: Bruce Redwine; ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject: Re: [ilds] Durrell's Diction
> 
> Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> Which is not to say we don't make judgments and uphold standards all
>> the time.  Even you, Charles.
>> 
> Certainly.  I am ever anxious to underscore my subjective limits.  I do
> that by setting those limits at the top of list.
> 
> All that I write is merely my way of seeing the matter.   And following
> Pater, I believe that, given the difficulties of perception,
> "discrimination" is the most important critical tool of all:  "Why do I
> find or feel this and not that about the prose style?  What does this
> prose style remind me of, and why?"
> 
> The important difference is that I do not insist on universal
> categories, generalized categories, or ideal standards as the measure.
> I do not insist that I am pronouncing according to anything greater than
> my taste, my experience.
> 
> After all, every sentence above includes the first-person pronoun.   I
> learned that reservation--that foregrounding of the subjective--in part
> from reading /The Alexandria Quartet/.
> 
> C&c.
> 
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