[ilds] heraldic universe

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 27 10:55:40 PDT 2011

James, I'm in the dark, again.  Could you post your article appearing in jml?

By the way, perhaps I've missed something again.  On the topic of "Heraldic" in the Durrell-Miller letters, why does MacNiven leave out material that Wickes includes?  E.g., in the letter of Fall or August 1936, Wickes has Durrell writing, "I have discovered that the idea of duration is false."  MacNiven does not include this important statement about "Heraldic."


On Jun 26, 2011, at 8:51 PM, James Gifford wrote:

> I'm interested in where this leads!
> I argued last year in /jml/ that the Henry Miller - Herbert Read 
> correspondence casts a new light on Durrell's most famous use of the 
> term Heraldic in his letters to Miller.  The gist is that Miller was 
> criticizing Read for his promotion of Communism in his written works 
> following the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition, and 
> Miller was promoting his anarchist views contra Read's supposed 
> Communism.  Both authors were in contact with Emma Goldman, but Read 
> only made his anarchist views public in 1938.
> In any case, the point is that Durrell's 1936 letter discussing the 
> Heraldic Universe is, in context (in my reckoning), a point by point 
> response to Read in Miller's correspondence (which Miller had been 
> copying to Durrell, and in which he quoted Durrell's letter to Read). 
> It also means the letter is probably misdated in MacNiven and was likely 
> a month or so later than the estimated August 1936.
> In context, I contend the Heraldic notion carries a great deal of 
> sympathy for Miller's anarchism and the anti-Marxist politics of the 
> epistolary discussion.  In that sense, the personal enacted in the 
> Heraldic carries a very particular politics.  "Personalism" seems to 
> have followed in the 40s in London at least in part as a response to 
> Durrell and largely as a development from Read's "Politics of the 
> Unpolitical."
> This sense of the Heraldic Universe runs contrary to much of what 
> already exists in the critical works on Durrell, so I'm waiting to see 
> if anything more pops up that pulls it in different directions -- Warton 
> could be important...
> Best,
> Jamie
> On 26/06/11 12:34 PM, Godshalk, William (godshawl) wrote:
>> 1774    T. Warton Hist. Eng. Poetry I. xi. 336   The pompous
>> circumstances of which these heraldic narratives consisted, and the
>> minute prolixity with which they were displayed.
>> Durrell was a student of poetry as well as a poet. Also he is known
>> among Durrellians for his references to the Heraldic Universe --
>> which has been linked to various schools of thought.
>> I'm wondering if Durrell  might have come across the phrase "heraldic
>> narratives" in Warton
>> and later began to think of his own narratives as heraldic, and the
>> world that they evoke as his "heraldic universe."
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