[ilds] Women in Jounalism

James Gifford james.d.gifford at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 09:30:46 PST 2016

Hi James,

Welcome!  Jim Nichols has a fairly recent book on Durrell's Women, /The 
Stronger Sex/, which is close to what you note, but there hasn't really 
been any work on gender that takes the critical work of the past 20 
years into account (Butler, Halberstam, et al).  And Jim's book hasn't 
been discussed on the listserv at all, I don't think.

There's a definite continuity from Ruth in /Pied Piper/ through Melissa, 
Iolanthe, and Sylvie, etc...


On 2016-02-11 6:48 AM, james Esposito wrote:
> As a newcomer to this list I may be saying the obvious, in which case
> please forgive my ignorance, but I would have thought that the misogyny
> in Durrell's work was so obvious, and marches alongside his equally
> obvious love of women, that it requires little comment or outraged
> response, more like a full-scale thesis on the subject, analysing
> "Durrell's Women" from the first novel, set in India, where he remembers
> his own birth, through to Constance, Livia and others in the Quintet. I
> know next to nothing about whether this has any connection with his
> private life. Perhaps you have been over this ground before?
> James Esposito
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 8:22 AM, James Gifford
> <james.d.gifford at gmail.com <mailto:james.d.gifford at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     It is offensive, and yet at the same time, Durrell's sexism isn't
>     usually quite so overtly blunt/explicit (which is not to say it
>     isn't a problem) -- it makes me wonder if a specific journalist was
>     intended...  I could be entirely wrong in this, and I don't intend
>     it as a deflection of the difficulties, but there it is.  I'll look
>     back to the biographies to think on it.
>     All best,
>     James
>     On 2016-02-10 9:56 PM, Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
>         As previously noted by several of us.
>         David
>       Here's Tae Us; Wha's Like Us?...Damn few, and they're a' deid
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