Lawrence Durrell’s Mediterranean Shores: Tropisms of a Receding Line

  • Isabelle Keller-Privat
Part of the Mediterranean Perspectives book series (MEPERS)


Durrell’s essays, fiction, poems, and travel books picture the Mediterranean as a disjointed whole whose meaning may not lie so much in the reassembling of the puzzle as in the careful examination of the crisis of representation. Our analysis of Durrell’s landscape writing explores the underlying connections between the various images of the Mediterranean at a time when Durrell was grieving the loss of a geographic, historical, and cultural entity that was then just falling to pieces. Far from being a mere sensual backdrop, Durrell’s Mediterranean anchorage functions as a device—a structure that both implies an organized form and works as an informal matrix out of which an unexpected, shattering light emerges which defies language and opens up an aesthetic and philosophical enquiry.


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  • Isabelle Keller-Privat
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  1. 1.Cultures Anglo-SaxonnesToulouse 2 – Jean Jaurès UniversityToulouseFrance

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