[ilds] FW: ILDS Digest, Vol 86, Issue 16_Architecture in Alexandria and Cairo

Marc Piel marc at marcpiel.fr
Mon Jun 23 06:34:24 PDT 2014


N°5 the photographer is Robert Solo.

Another not uninteresting book, a novel, is 
"Unreal City" by Robert Liddell.
Le 23/06/14 09:00, Sumantra Nag a écrit :
> Marc and Merriane,
>
> Noted your references with interest:
>
> 1. Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious
>
> 2. Nihal Tamraz, Nineteenth-Century Cairene Houses and Palaces (American
> University in Cairo Press, 1998) ? Which includes parallels to the ?tower?
> of Durrell?s villa.
>
> 3. Le Caire ? Alexandrie architectures europ?ennes (Institut Fran?ais
> d?Arch?ologie Orientale, 2001)
>
> 4. Cynthia Myntt, Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle
> Epoque (American University I Cairo Press, 2003)
>
> 5. "Alexandrie l'Egyptienne" by Carlos Freire with photos by Robert Sol?
> published by STOCK in 1998
>
> These are interesting references which can expand the visual dimensions of
> Alexandria and Cairo in history. As  student of the architecture of Cairo
> and Alexandria, Merriane could have something to say about the highly visual
> creation of Alexandria by Lawrence Durrell.
>
> I don't read French, but have been an avid reader of Proust in the English
> translation.
>
> Incidentally the Alexandria Quartet - or perhaps just Justine - was
> described by one reviewer as a "French novel". Can't recall the source I'm
> afraid, but such observations tend to remain in the memory because they have
> a significant message. There is a distinction here between the flavour  (if
> one can use that term) of a French novel and an English novel. But surely
> there has been a cross-fertilization of influences between modern French and
> English writers . English novelists have been influenced by Proust, and
> Proust was influenced by Ruskin, and probably Dickens.
>
> But it would be interesting to note any opinions about the French 'flavour'
> of the novels of the AQ. The French and European influences through
> architecture and presence in Alexandria all come together in the city which
> has been recreated in a particular way by Durrell in his novels.
>
> Regards
>
> Sumantra
>
>
> Message: 1
> Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:26:13 -0500
> From: "Merrianne" <timlot at comcast.net>
> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M.
> 	FORSTER	by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
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> I would suggest distinguishing between khedival and colonial when focusing
> on Alexandria and Cairo. What can be attributed to the modernization of
> Egypt by Muhammed Ali and Ismail during the 19th century versus ?colonial?
> rule of the British. I was fortunate to study the architecture of Cairo and
> Alexandria back in the early 70s, and this was the distinction that my
> professors made at the American University in Cairo. Durrell would have
> lived in both the khedival and colonial worlds of Egypt.
>
>   
>
> >From its founding by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was a city. It may
> have been annexed into empires as a province, but it always retained its
> identity and cosmopolitan nature.
>
>   
>
> Merrianne
>
>   
>
> From: ILDS [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Lee Sternthal
> Sent: Saturday, June 21, 2014 1:45 PM
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. FORSTER
> by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
>
>   
>
> Yeah, it's been a while since I read the post and my memory isn't what it
> used to be for details.  In any case, here's Haag's post.  I recall it being
> fascinating reading.
>
>   
>
> http://michaelhaag.blogspot.com/2013/09/lawrence-durrells-house-in-alexandri
> a.html
>
>
> On Jun 21, 2014, at 11:08 AM, Odos <odos.fanourios at gmail.com
> <mailto:odos.fanourios at gmail.com> > wrote:
>
> To the best of my knowledge, the Villa Ambron is still standing but slated
> for demolition -- Haag may have more current information.  Durrell wrote
> early drafts of the Quartet materials (Book of the Dead) there as well as
> preparing Prospero's Cell, though The Black Book was finished in 1937 only
> two years after his arrival on Corfu.  I sometimes wonder what it means to
> read Panic Spring and The Black Book as works written in an overlapping
> period -- the style varies enormously, but the concerns are remarkably
> similar in many respects, just a bit more difficult to notice.
>
>   
>
> As for colonial legacies, I think both perspective need to be acknowledged.
> Razing history doesn't erase its legacy, and Alexandria certainly has a
> unique "colonial" history given the age and origins of the city.  That said,
> we recently held OMG XVIII on unceded Coast Salish territories, and I try to
> be very mindful of the fact that the terrain I inhabit (and which my family
> has inhabited for 166 years now) is very much colonial, and the growth of
> the colony comes very much at the expense of indigenous sites, terrains,
> practices, and attempts at restoration and restitution.
>
>   
>
> Then again, the Vancouver I grew up in was cement, stone, and grey -- the
> Vancouver I live in today is steel and glass, and that's a reflection of
> another wave of immigration that some colonials resent...  As Haag hastens
> to point out, the colonial sites are also often the most cosmopolitan, and
> the injustice of history doesn't make it go away.
>
>   
>
> All best,
>
> James
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
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> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
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> Yes.  A useful distinction.  Thanks.  "Colonial" nowadays has highly
> pejorative connotations and generally applies to Western colonial empires
> (British, French, Belgian, German, Italian, and so on), as I understand the
> usage.  The Ambron family built the villa on rue Maamoun.  I believe the
> architecture is Venetian and could be attributed to or influenced by the
> Italian architect Alessandro Loria (architect of Hotel Cecil), who was
> Jewish.  But I'm guessing.  Since the Ambron family was Jewish, I'm also
> guessing that part of the problem of preserving the "colonial" architecture
> of Alexandria is its Jewish connections.  Nasser's policy in Egypt was to
> eradicate Egypt's great Jewish heritage.  Hence the diaspora of Egyptians
> Jews since 1952 (read Aciman's Out of Egypt).  Dr. Mohamed Awad, an
> architect and historian, is trying to save "old Alexandria," inclucing
> "colonial Alex," but that's not a popular endeavor in today's Egypt.
> Erasing material culture may not "erase history!
>   ," but it sure comes close.  So I'm thankful for Durrell's and Haag's
> Alexandrias ? which keep the cultural memory alive.
>
> Bruce
>
>
>
> On Jun 21, 2014, at 12:26 PM, Merrianne <timlot at comcast.net> wrote:
>
>> I would suggest distinguishing between khedival and colonial when focusing
> on Alexandria and Cairo. What can be attributed to the modernization of
> Egypt by Muhammed Ali and Ismail during the 19thcentury versus ?colonial?
> rule of the British. I was fortunate to study the architecture of Cairo and
> Alexandria back in the early 70s, and this was the distinction that my
> professors made at the American University in Cairo. Durrell would have
> lived in both the khedival and colonial worlds of Egypt.
>>   
>>  From its founding by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was a city. It may
> have been annexed into empires as a province, but it always retained its
> identity and cosmopolitan nature.
>>   
>> Merrianne
>>   
>>
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> Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 13:23:58 +0530
> From: "Sumantra Nag" <sumantranag at gmail.com>
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> Cc: james.d.gifford at gmail.com, bredwine1968 at earthlink.net,
> 	sunrisedriven at gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [ilds] ILDS Digest, Vol 86, Issue 15_A New Life of E.M.
> 	FORSTER
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> I possess a copy of Michael Haag's 'Alexandria: City of Memory' which I have
> read. I got Wendy Moffat's book recently  from a library in Delhi and read
> the chapter on Forster's years in Alexandria.
>
>   
>
> I found the account in Wendy Moffat's book quite detailed and evocative, for
> instance, while describing Cavafy in his dwellings. It was some time since I
> read Michael Haag's book, but I thought Moffat provided a very detailed
> account of Forster's life in Alexandria and his relationships in the city,
> not all of which is described quite so closely in Haag's book. That is
> probably natural, since Moffat's book deals only with Forster and
> particularly with his sexuality.
>
>   
>
> Sumantra
>
>   
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> Message: 4
> Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 10:59:00 -0500
> From: "Merrianne" <timlot at comcast.net>
> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of	E.M.
> 	FORSTER	by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
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> This morning, I looked at the textbook we used for our urban development and
> history course taught by Janet Abu-Lughod at AUC. You can read a short bio
> for her on Wikipedia. Abu-Lughod?s book Cairo: 1001 Years of the City
> Victorious was a groundbreaking work on the subject of Cairo?s evolution
> (and indirectly that of Alexandria).
>
>   
>
> I don?t see any reference in her book to British in association with the
> word ?colonial.? She refers to the British in the context of ?occupation.?
>
> In addition, she provides an excellent overview regarding the khedivial
> reform of Egypt, with its various French interludes, including the Parisian
> architectural fabric of Cairo and Alexandria. If anyone is interested in
> serious research regarding the architecture of the late 19th/early 20th
> century, I recommend three works that I purchased in Egypt, but probably
> obtainable via ILL:
>
> Nihal Tamraz, Nineteenth-Century Cairene Houses and Palaces (American
> University in Cairo Press, 1998) ? Which includes parallels to the ?tower?
> of Durrell?s villa.
>
> Le Caire ? Alexandrie architectures europ?ennes (Institut Fran?ais
> d?Arch?ologie Orientale, 2001)
>
> Cynthia Myntt, Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle
> Epoque (American University I Cairo Press, 2003)
>
> I haven?t had a chance to check to see if Michael Haag cites these works,
> but I am sure he is familiar with them.
>
> In addition, you might wish to investigate the website of the organization
> ASTENE (Association of the Study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt). I?ve
> been a member for years, and I believe their newsletters are available on
> their website.
>
> In addition, the old Tour Egypt website includes some interesting info on
> classic architecture of Cairo and Alexandria that Durrell would have been
> familiar with (in addition to some info on Durrell, I believe). This link
> (to one of my favorite hotels in Egypt will get you to the website ?
> http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag09012000-mag8a.htm
>
>   
>
> Merrianne
>
>   
> Message: 5
> Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 19:14:28 +0200
> From: Marc Piel <marc at marcpiel.fr>
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M.
> 	FORSTER by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
> Message-ID: <53A70EF4.4000200 at marcpiel.fr>
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>
> Hi Merrianne,
> There is another book on Alexandria that is very good:
> "Alexandrie l'Egyptienne" by Carlos Freire with photos by Robert Sol?
> published by STOCK in 1998, in which there are lots of photos of places
> mentioned in the AQ.
> Regards,
> Marc Piel
>
> Le 22/06/14 17:59, Merrianne a ?crit :
>> This morning, I looked at the textbook we used for our urban
>> development and history course taught by Janet Abu-Lughod at AUC. You
>> can read a short bio for her on Wikipedia. Abu-Lughod's book Cairo:
>> 1001 Years of the City Victorious was a groundbreaking work on the
>> subject of Cairo's evolution (and indirectly that of Alexandria).
>>
>> I don't see any reference in her book to British in association with
>> the word "colonial." She refers to the British in the context of
>> "occupation."
>>
>> In addition, she provides an excellent overview regarding the
>> khedivial reform of Egypt, with its various French interludes,
>> including the Parisian architectural fabric of Cairo and Alexandria.
>> If anyone is interested in serious research regarding the architecture
>> of the late 19^th /early 20^th century, I recommend three works that I
>> purchased in Egypt, but probably obtainable via ILL:
>>
>> Nihal Tamraz, /Nineteenth-Century Cairene Houses and Palaces/
>> (American University in Cairo Press, 1998) -- Which includes parallels
>> to the "tower" of Durrell's villa.
>>
>> /Le Caire -- Alexandrie architectures europ?ennes/(Institut Fran?ais
>> d'Arch?ologie Orientale, 2001)
>>
>> Cynthia Myntt, /Paris Along the Nile:
>> Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque /(American University I
>> Cairo Press, 2003)
>>
>> I haven't had a chance to check to see if Michael Haag cites these
>> works, but I am sure he is familiar with them.
>>
>> In addition, you might wish to investigate the website of the
>> organization ASTENE (Association of the Study of the Ancient Near East
>> and Egypt). I've been a member for years, and I believe their
>> newsletters are available on their website.
>>
>> In addition, the old Tour Egypt website includes some interesting info
>> on classic architecture of Cairo and Alexandria that Durrell would
>> have been familiar with (in addition to some info on Durrell, I
>> believe). This link (to one of my favorite hotels in Egypt will get
>> you to the website ...
>> http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag09012000-mag8a.htm
>>
>> Merrianne
>>
> Message: 6
> Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 12:55:35 -0500
> From: "Merrianne" <timlot at comcast.net>
> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M.
> 	FORSTER	by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
> Message-ID: <002e01cf8e43$2c157330$84405990$@comcast.net>
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>
> Dear Marc,
>
>   
>
> Thank you for the reference. I?ve already placed it in my Abe Books shopping
> cart.
>
>   
>
> As you like photographs, you are probably familiar with the French museums?
> site Joconde.    http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/joconde_fr
> Several months ago, I discovered the early 20th century black and white
> photographs by Carle Naudot of the Camargue, southern France, etc. that can
> be retrieved by using the search feature on this website, which is a
> consortium of numerous regional French museums. This being summer, it is fun
> to search on Arles, Avignon, etc. and pull up various works associated or
> depicting these places.
>
>   
>
> Best,
>
> Merrianne
>   
>
> From: ILDS [mailto:ilds-bounces at lists.uvic.ca] On Behalf Of Marc Piel
> Sent: Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:14 PM
> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> Subject: Re: [ilds] A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. FORSTER
> by Wendy Moffat, PICADOR, New York, 2010
>
> Hi Merrianne,
> There is another book on Alexandria that is very good:
> "Alexandrie l'Egyptienne" by Carlos Freire with photos by Robert Sol?
> published by STOCK in 1998, in which there are lots of photos of places
> mentioned in the AQ.
> Regards,
> Marc Piel
>
> Le 22/06/14 17:59, Merrianne a ?crit :
>
> This morning, I looked at the textbook we used for our urban development and
> history course taught by Janet Abu-Lughod at AUC. You can read a short bio
> for her on Wikipedia. Abu-Lughod?s book Cairo: 1001 Years of the City
> Victorious was a groundbreaking work on the subject of Cairo?s evolution
> (and indirectly that of Alexandria).
>
> I don?t see any reference in her book to British in association with the
> word ?colonial.? She refers to the British in the context of ?occupation.?
>
> In addition, she provides an excellent overview regarding the khedivial
> reform of Egypt, with its various French interludes, including the Parisian
> architectural fabric of Cairo and Alexandria. If anyone is interested in
> serious research regarding the architecture of the late 19th/early 20th
> century, I recommend three works that I purchased in Egypt, but probably
> obtainable via ILL:
>
> Nihal Tamraz, Nineteenth-Century Cairene Houses and Palaces (American
> University in Cairo Press, 1998) ? Which includes parallels to the ?tower?
> of Durrell?s villa.
>
> Le Caire ? Alexandrie architectures europ?ennes (Institut Fran?ais
> d?Arch?ologie Orientale, 2001)
>
> Cynthia Myntt, Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle
> Epoque (American University I Cairo Press, 2003)
>
> I haven?t had a chance to check to see if Michael Haag cites these works,
> but I am sure he is familiar with them.
>
> In addition, you might wish to investigate the website of the organization
> ASTENE (Association of the Study of the Ancient Near East and Egypt). I?ve
> been a member for years, and I believe their newsletters are available on
> their website.
>
> In addition, the old Tour Egypt website includes some interesting info on
> classic architecture of Cairo and Alexandria that Durrell would have been
> familiar with (in addition to some info on Durrell, I believe). This link
> (to one of my favorite hotels in Egypt will get you to the website ?
> http://www.touregypt.net/egypt-info/magazine-mag09012000-mag8a.htm
>
> Merrianne
>
>   
>
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