[ilds] CFP | Threading the Labyrinth: Durrell, Greece, and World War II | 26-30 June 2016

William Apt billyapt at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 13:07:32 PDT 2015

Can't wait!

On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM, James Gifford <james.d.gifford at gmail.com>

> Dear all,
> Below is the CFP for On Miracle Ground 19. Please see more details on the
> ILDS Website:
> http://lawrencedurrell.org/wp_durrell/omg-xix/
> All best,
> James
> ------------
> Threading the Labyrinth: Durrell, Greece, and World War II
> On Miracle Ground XIX
> Rethymnon, Crete | 26-30 June 2016
> The International Lawrence Durrell Society invites proposals for a
> conference to be held in late June 2016 at the Rethymnon campus of the
> University of Crete in Greece.
> Crete was the site of heavy fighting in World War II, and its people
> mounted fierce resistance to occupying Axis forces. In April 1941, Lawrence
> Durrell and his family found temporary refuge on the island as they made
> their way to exile. Waiting out the war in Egypt, Durrell relished hearing
> about the wartime exploits of his SOE friends and associates, including the
> kidnapping of the German commander on Crete. Later Durrell revisited Cretan
> culture and landscape in his 1947 novel Cefalû, subsequently retitled The
> Dark Labyrinth. Known in antiquity for the labyrinth of Daedalus and the
> minotaur of Knossos, the island of Crete is an appropriate venue from which
> to consider the mazelike entanglements of the second world war.
> The organizers of “On Miracle Ground XIX” welcome papers and panels on all
> aspects of Lawrence Durrell’s writing, life, and literary circle. For the
> 2016 conference, we also encourage proposals on texts related to the Cretan
> resistance in World War II, including writings by and about Patrick Leigh
> Fermor, Xan Fielding, and Stanley Moss. Additionally welcome are proposals
> on other topics connected to the conference theme, as for example:
> Literature of World War II; Greek authors, or authors with ties to Greece
> in the 20th century; Durrell in the Mediterranean; the British Information
> Office during WWII; writers’ responses to authority, patriarchy, or gender;
> and modern explorations of the Cretan labyrinth.
> Less than an hour’s flight from Athens, the island of Crete is convenient
> to many destinations in the eastern Mediterranean. With a history dating
> back to the Minoan civilization and spanning many other cultures, Crete is
> a popular destination for archaeologists and historians and offers many
> opportunities for conference excursions.
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