[ilds] Mr. Esposito

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 24 16:25:42 PDT 2016

I wonder what it means “to enjoy texts?”  Isn’t that what we’re doing?  I think James Gifford is on target.  And I, a non-academic, thank him for his insights, which increase my enjoyment.  Keep it up, James!


> On Mar 24, 2016, at 3:32 PM, james Esposito <giacomoesposito72 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I perhaps did not make myself clear on the subject of Durrell's relationship to the modernists. Of course he was well aware of the Eliots, Huxleys, etc, but what I meant was that we should not necessarily assume 'the anxiety of influence' - the fact that there are echoes of Eliot etc in Durrell's work does not allow us to infer that he deliberately set out to imitate them or to make obvious references to them - merely that, as a (still) apprentice writer in the first 2 novels he was setting out his own stall, not theirs.
> And as for Keats, if I remember correctly, he got killed.
> As for the mud bricks, I think it's completely far-fetched to read political persuasions into the fact that Durrell referred to a basic building material. They were just mud-bricks, not political slogans.
> I think there is far too much time and effort spent on trying to analyse what Durrell may or may not have ingested into his writer's subconscious. It may be an amusing pastime for academics, but they should be teaching their students how to enjoy texts and not how to tear them apart. It isn't 'hunting of the snark' territory.
> James Esposito

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