[ilds] my time mainly

Godshalk, William (godshawl) godshawl at ucmail.uc.edu
Thu Jun 3 18:39:27 PDT 2010

My god, you remind me of 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: Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [ilds] my time mainly

Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
> "Yes. Of course. The /Quartet/ occurs in the reader's time more than any
> other 'time.'" writes Charles.
> My dear Charles, what do you mean? Do you mean that the Q exists only when read? Or does it occur mainly, mostly, when being read?
> Of course, I'm taking this out of context, but I think the sentence alone is intriguing.
My dear Bill:

Glad to intrigue with you any old time. . . .

As a bibliographical artifact the /Quartet/ exists in a way we can and
do document.   Cloth, ink, paper, stitching, glue. . . .

But yes no story and no poetry and no meaning occur until the moment
when I open up the book and start reading, Bill opens up the book and
starts reading, &c.  And you and I make meaning out of the words in our
time reading.  Darley does not say anything or become anything without
us there to move him along.  And our re-readings are above all our
autobiography, the record of our own development as characters.

When the great thing that has been so long coming occurs and there are
no more humans left on earth, the /Quartet/ will then no longer exist as
a work of literature.   The book's molecules, however, will persist
quite contentedly--to paraphrase Tennyson's quip to the materialist
George Eliot. . . .


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

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