Durrell and the City commemorates the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Quartet with a collection of fourteen new essays by a group of international scholars and critics. The collection provides a critical understanding of all Durrell's urban landscapes, but focuses on the place that made him famous-the city of Alexandria-in order to provide a reassessment of his career and achievement.
Contents; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction; I: The Country and the City; Chapter One: Urban Flight and Rural Reception: Modernist Refuge in Panic Spring and The Dark Labyrinth; Chapter Two: Real and Unreal Cities: The Modernist Origins of Durrell's Alexandria; II: Durrell's Alexandria; Chapter Three: Durrell's City as Interior Space: "The city begins and ends in us"; Chapter Four: Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria: The City as Nexus; Chapter Five: Strangers in a Strange Land; Chapter Six: Writing (on) Walls or the Palimpsest of Time in The Alexandria Quartet Chapter Seven: Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet: A Culinary PerspectiveIII: Cities, Places, and People; Chapter Eight: From the Interior City: The White Negro Thinking in Pidgin; Chapter Nine: "Roses, Feces and Vampires": The Carnivalesque in Durrell; Chapter Ten: Reading the Ethics of Lawrence Durrell's Avignon Quintet; IV: Durrell and the American Literary Landscape; Chapter Eleven: "An Attention That Is Almost Holy": The Spirit of Provence in Durrell and Hemingway; Chapter Twelve: Reverie of Utopia and Actuality in the City: The Cases of Justine and Blanche Dubois Chapter Thirteen: "Where the Blue Algonquin Flows": Durrell, New York, and the American "Spirit of Place"Chapter Fourteen: Durrell's Alexandria Quartet: 50 Years Later; Bibliography; Index; About the Contributors
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