[ilds] Alcoholism

Rick Schoff frederick.schoff at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 09:50:10 PST 2015


I would be interested!

BTW - I was starting an AQ reread and noticed in particular all the
references to mirrors in the early section. Also, a great image of the
Cohen character having slipped out of sight, like a piece shifting with a
slight twist of the kaleidescope.

- Rick

On Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 12:32 PM, sharbani banerjee(mukherjee) <
sharbanibm at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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
> Sharbani
> 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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>> http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003FP9HTC
>>
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