[ilds] Alcoholism

sharbani banerjee(mukherjee) sharbanibm at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 00:14:45 PST 2015


James, my PhD. Thesis on the Quartet has a separate chapter on Durrell's
use of myth.
On 30-Nov-2015 1:41 am, "James Gifford" <james.d.gifford at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> In haste before a book launch tonight...
>
> I've always struggled a bit over the mythical elements of the Quartet. In
> one sense, gesturing to the Fisher King goes to the roots of Durrell's
> kinship with the High Modernists, and I see a lot of struggle with Eliot's
> influence across the books of the Quartet (discussed on this listserv in
> the past as well).  Carol Peirce probably did more to elucidate that side
> of things than anyone else.
>
> At the same time, we can't forget that "sex" also means gender, and the
> books had the "bisexual love" modified to "modern love" late in the game,
> and the continuation of the epigram from Freud in his letters to Fliess for
> /Justine/ reads "As for bisexuality, I'm sure you are right."
>
> Wounded in one's sex nicely carries across all those potential meanings,
> linking the Fisher King to bisexuality, to physical traumas -- all are key
> to the Quartet, and Durrell seems to have learned his lesson from the
> "newly god-like" Keats emerging from his shower: Negative Capability (in
> the real Keats' sense of the term).
>
> Best,
> James
>
> On 2015-11-28 11:28 AM, david wilde wrote:
>
>> I understood/understand this remark refers to the well-known story of
>> Parsifal by Wolfram von Eschenbach
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfram_von_Eschenbach>,
>> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parsifal).  David Wilde
>>
>> Amazon
>> http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003FP9HTC
>>
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