[ilds] genetic criticism

James Gifford gifford at ualberta.ca
Tue Feb 15 21:53:28 PST 2011

Hello all,

The evil empire of Facebook reports a very usual number of "hits" to the 
essay title below...  In the spirit of "boosting" Corinne's book, let me 
know directly if you want a copy of the specific paper -- it's the worst 
essay in the book, by far (entirely due to my work, not my co-author), 
so if you're kind enough to like that essay, you should definitely order 
the whole book from Univ. Presses Paris Ouest...  The rest of it is very 
fine work indeed.



15/02/11 1:57 PM, James Gifford wrote:
> Hi Bruce,
> I've attached the advert and order form for Corinne's book here. It's
> hot off the presses and only reached my hands last week -- it's worth
> getting for those interested in the scholarly matters or for anyone who
> was in the Paris 2008 conference.
> My piece is:
> Gifford, James and Michael Stevens. "A Variant of Lawrence Durrell's
> Livia; or, Buried Alive & the Composition of Monsieur; or, the Prince of
> Darkness." /Lawrence Durrell at the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences/.
> Eds. Corinne Alexandre-Garner, Isabelle Keller-Privat, & Murielle
> Philippe. Paris: Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, 2010. 173-193.
> I dug up some intended revisions to /Monsieur/ that were too late for
> the print run, and Stevens and I contend that this influenced his first
> visions of /Livia/, a fragment of which was received by /The Malahat
> Review/ and published as "Gog and Magog." He revised again to bury his
> tracks, but it seems to set out the Avignon Quintet's vision in plainer
> terms than is usually the case.
> Cheers,
> James
> On 15/02/11 1:40 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>> James,
>> You've probably posted this before. Please do so again. What are the
>> titles of Alexandre-Garner's book and your essay?
>> Bruce
>> On Feb 15, 2011, at 11:04 AM, James Gifford wrote:
>>> Yes, Michael is a very fine scholar, and I think he was born within
>>> shouting distance of the Canadian border, so the Northward pull must
>>> have been irresistible. The bookcases of his home have been featured in
>>> some Canadian magazines as well... He does good work.
>>> I have a piece in Corinne's most recent book that gently muses over
>>> genetic criticism, which is still largely a French activity outside of
>>> the Joyce scholarship. My co-author Michael Stevens, a young scholar at
>>> Trinity College Dublin, did very good work on that piece. The Joyce
>>> scholars are doing more with genetic criticism than anyone else in 20th
>>> Century literature, so far as I can see.
>>> Cheers,
>>> James
>>> On 15/02/11 10:46 AM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>>> The 4 February 2011 issue of /The Time Literary Supplement/ has several
>>>> good reviews (re Nabokov, plagiarism, Joyce). In particular is Sarah
>>>> Davison's very interesting article on two recent publications on Joyce.
>>>> Her review of Michael Groden's book on JJ focuses on topics recently
>>>> touched upon by the ILDS List. Namely, "genetic criticism" (the
>>>> evolution of a manuscript and assessing that importance), which
>>>> seems to
>>>> be of interest to James and Charles, and the impact of an author's work
>>>> on a reader, which many List participants have related with respect to
>>>> Lawrence Durrell. The latter I find intriguing as an approach to
>>>> writing
>>>> and publication — an indication that scholarship is breaking out of its
>>>> narrow confines and finds it acceptable to relate the personal. I have
>>>> ordered Groden's book. Michael Groden is Canadian, and that should
>>>> please many, James especially.
>>>> Bruce
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