• A Variant of Lawrence Durrell’s Livia; or, Buried Alive and the Composition of Monsieur; or, the Prince of Darkness

    Author(s):
    James Gifford (see profile) , Michael Stevens
    Date:
    2010
    Group(s):
    CLCS 20th- and 21st-Century, LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American
    Subject(s):
    British literature, Modern literature
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    modernism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6MW46
    Abstract:
    We propose an alternative reading of the sequential construction of Lawrence Durrell’s The Avignon Quintet. The form only became clear as he prepared the first volume, Monsieur; or, the Prince of Darkness, for publication. By contrasting the published variant of Livia; or, Buried Alive, we draw attention to Durrell’s structural preoccupations. By tracing the publication history of the first two volumes of The Avignon Quintet and the published variant, « Gog and Magog », we demonstrate that the spiritual, Gnostic thematic content develops from overt formal and theoretical concerns that Durrell articulated in his early variants. Nous proposons une interprétation alternatif de la construction séquentielle de Le Quintette d’Avignon par Lawrence Durrell. La structure a été développé seulement apres qui’il complété le premier volume, Monsieur ou le Prince Tenébre. En contrastons la variante de Livia ou enterré vive, nous révélons les préoccupations structurelles de Durrell. En tracant l’histoire d’édition des deux premier volumes du Le Quintette d’Avignon et la variante publiée, « Gog and Magog », nous démontrons que le contenu thématique, Gnostique et spirituel, développe de des intérêts évidentes, formelles et théoriques, que Durrell a articulé dans ses premieres variantes.
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