[ilds] Alcoholism

sharbani banerjee(mukherjee) sharbanibm at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 09:32:01 PST 2015

Hi James, Thanks for the thesis note. Yes, I do have a digital copy in
parts, which I need to compile together. I will surely do that if it
interests anybody. I did a bit of work on Durrell's use of myth, his
obsession with mirrors/reflections, use of the carnival as a trope etc
All the best
On 30-Nov-2015 9:14 pm, "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I believe James is referring to Carol Peirce’s “A Fellowship in Time:
>  Durrell, Eliot, and the Quest of the Grail,” in *Lawrence Durrell:
>  Comprehending the Whole,* ed. J. R. Raper, M. L. Encore, and P. M. Bynum
> (Columbia:  U of Missouri P, 1995):  70-81.  Good essay.  A Northrup Frye
> approach, Peirce discusses Durrell and the “Grail-quest” in the context of
> Eliot’s *Waste Land* and the *Four Quartets.*  She does not mention,
> however, Parsifal, the wound, and von Eschenbach.  Personally, I doubt
> Durrell intended the allusion, although possible.
> Bruce
> On Nov 29, 2015, at 12:10 PM, 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
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