Durrell and the City: Reconstructing the Urban Landscape, July 7-10, 2010

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Donald P. Kaczvinsky/International Lawrence Durrell Society
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"Durrell and the City" will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Alexandria Quartet with a reassessment of the cities, especially Alexandria, that have been associated with Durrell's life and work. We will encourage a variety of perspectives and theoretical approaches—historical, biographical, sociological, psychoanalytic, textual, environmental and cultural—in order to create a "multiple-mirror" effect and explore how Durrell's cities are the major "characters" in his fiction.

The conference will held from in New Orleans, a city that is itself being reassessed and reconstructed after the devastating hurricane of 2005. Although Durrell never visited New Orleans, he did suggest the city would make a perfect setting for an "American Quartet." Indeed, the Crescent City—with its mix of races, languages, and religions; reputation for sensual indulgence; and celebration of Carnival—is more closely aligned with Durrell's Alexandria than any other American city. Through concurrent sessions, papers will establish the links between the host city and Alexandria as well as explore other themes and topics related to Durrell's urban landscapes.

Submit all proposals by email to Donald P. Kaczvinsky at dkaczv@latech.edu by January 15, 2010. Use the subject heading "Durrell and the City."

The proposal should be attached as a Word Document and include the following:

•Name of presenter, rank, academic affiliation (if any)
• Paper title
• Return address
• 250-word abstract of the paper topic
• Brief (1 paragraph) biography for the conference program
• Requests for specific material (recorder, video projector, or other equipment)

For more information, please visit the conference website, linked to the International Lawrence Durrell Society homepage at: http://www.lawrencedurrell.org.