Lawrence Durrell: Comprehending the Whole

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University of Missouri Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 193 pages

Lawrence Durrell excelled in a great variety of genres: poetry, drama, travel books, humorous writings, translations, critical essays, philosophical essays, character sketches, and, above all, genre- and culture-transforming experimental novels. In keeping with Durrell's multifaceted career and the centrality of his experiments, the essays in this collection use a variety of literary approaches to the diversity of Durrell's contributions to literature, illuminating four major dimensions of Durrell's writing.

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Contents

Introduction
1
UrDurrell
11
Durrells Three Early Novels
22
Panic Spring and Durrells Heraldic Birds of Rebirth
33
The Lawrence Durrell Collection at Southern Illinois University
45
Zoroaster in the Garden
55
Durrell Derrida and the Heraldic Universe
62
Durrell Eliot and the Quest of the Grail
70
Byron Durrell and Modern Philhellenism
111
Durrells The Ikons
118
Transformations of
127
The Philosophers Stone and Durrells Psychological Vision
137
Systemic Imagery
151
The Human
161
Works Cited
173
Notes on the Contributors
181

Durrells Alexandria Quartet
82
Durrells Antrobus Stories
101

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About the author (1995)

Julius Rowan Raper is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of numerous books, most recently, Narcissus from Rubble: Competing Models of Character in Contemporary British and American Fiction.

Melody L. Enscore currently manages technical comunication systems for a private-sector environmental chemistry firm in North Carolina.

Paige Matthey Bynum is Lecturer at Duke Institute for Learning and Retirement in Durham, North Carolina.

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