[ilds] Alcoholism

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 07:52:46 PST 2015

Hi Sharbani,

I'll usually write off list, but this may be of interest to others as well.

I have your thesis in the online bibliography, but I don't believe I 
have a copy.  I deposit a copy of any theses and dissertations I receive 
at the University of Victoria so that there's a repository.  If you have 
a digital copy and would like that, please let me know.

A quick reminder to everyone that the online bibliography is a free 
resource open to everyone through Zotero, an online interface or a free 
downloadable application:


All best,

On 2015-11-30 12:14 AM, sharbani banerjee(mukherjee) wrote:
> 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
> <mailto: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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