[ilds] my time mainly

Samantha Brune samanthabrune at gmx.com
Fri Jun 4 14:08:08 PDT 2010


When Adam delved and Eve spanned, who was then the academic?


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From: Charles Sligh
Sent: 06/04/10 01:55 AM
To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
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. . . . C&c. -- ******************************************** Charles L. Sligh Assistant Professor Department of English University of Tennessee at Chattanooga charles-sligh at utc.edu ******************************************** _______________________________________________ ILDS mailing list ILDS at lists.uvic.ca https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds
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