[ilds] Durrell's Heritage

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Feb 7 13:12:43 PST 2011

Observe the meaning of "if."  Maybe it means something else in French.  Alas, I have no books in any language, so that's not an issue.  Another issue is the value of a large number of critics, but their low-regard of LD is not much in dispute.  I'll bet that Durrell is simply not taught or taken seriously in the major English departments in the U.S.  He wasn't at Berkeley.  And Harvard?  Bill can answer.


On Feb 7, 2011, at 12:14 PM, Marc Piel wrote:

> Please what proof can you advance to say that they 
> are on the "verge of extinction". I wonder for how 
> long your books will sell for? The AQ is still 
> stocked in all major bookstores in France, 50 
> years after. Is that extinction???
> Marc Piel
> Le 07/02/11 18:54, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
>> Rony,
>> Interesting. The Durrell-Miller species seems isolated and endangered,
>> if not on the verge of extinction. Perhaps it has, but I don't recall a
>> serious discussion on the ILDS List as to /exactly/ why Lawrence
>> Durrell's reputation has declined so precipitously since his heyday in
>> the early 1960s. In the current issue of /Deus Loci/ (2008-2009), Anne
>> Zahlan has an article, a good one, "'Always Friday the Thirteenth': The
>> Knights Templar, Hersey, and History in Lawrence Durrell's /The Avignon
>> Quintet." /Her essay, in part, treats Durrell's postmodernist world, and
>> she uses Brian McHale's /Postmodernist Fiction/ (1987) as a critical
>> source. McHale has clout. But no where in his survey of Postmodernism
>> does he cite Lawrence Durrell. I find this telling and indicative of
>> Durrell's poor standing. I don't know about today, but when I was taking
>> English courses in the 70s and 80s, Lawrence Durrell was simply not
>> discussed in the department and was not at all taken seriously. Let's
>> hope this will change, someday.
>> Bruce
>> On Feb 7, 2011, at 7:35 AM, Rony Alfandary wrote:
>>> Thank you for this discussion. one of the chapters in my thesis
>>> concerns this - why has Durrell's reputation fallen over the years and
>>> STILL how come there is there wonderful group of people gathered here
>>> to ponder and celebrate his work?
>>> at one point I thought it had to do with the allegations regarding
>>> Sappho. but the decline began earlier.
>>> there is an Israeli scholar, Prof Lipskaer , who has written a lovely
>>> book regarding minor literature. not in the Deleuze-Guattarie sense
>>> but rather in terms of seeing the literature scene as an ecological
>>> system whereby many different authors (species) co-exist and support
>>> one another.
>>> I think that such a view manages to rise above a competitive view of
>>> the question.
>>> Rony

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