Rashidi, Linda Stump
Complexity in Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet
Year of Publication: 2005
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XII, 143 pp.
ISBN 978-0-8204-7448-9 hardback (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs
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Among the most brilliant fictional works of the twentieth century, Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet is at once a culmination of modernist literature and an exploration of the conscious construction of truth and reality. Structured to reflect Einstein's relativity theory, the Alexandria Quartet is an intricate interweaving of linguistic resources. Using M. A. K. Halliday's systemic linguistic theory of text analysis, (Re)constructing Reality probes the inner workings of Durrell's masterpiece to bring us closer to an understanding of how meaning is created. In the process, this book provides insight into both the Alexandria Quartet itself, as well as into the linguistic nature of literary composition.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
The Author: Linda Stump Rashidi is Associate Professor in the Department of Languages and Literature at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches linguistics, composition, and literature. She received her Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics from Michigan State University. Dr. Rashidi has published numerous articles worldwide on Durrell's work, as well as on discourse analysis of Afghan Persian and Moroccan Berber, and is co-editor of a volume on language and gender in the Arab world. She has lived and taught in Afghanistan, Japan, China, and Morocco.
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General Editor: Karen Marguerite Radell