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Threading the Labyrinth: World War II in the Greek World

On Miracle Ground XIX: A Conference of the International Lawrence Durrell Society Rethymnon, Crete 26–30 June 2016

Sunday, June 26

Exhibition (4:00–6:00)

The Alexandria Quartet: An Exhibition of Paintings by Andreas Georgiadis, Based on the Work of Lawrence DurrellCarob Mill Cultural Center, Panormo, Rethymno, T.K. 74057-Tel.: 2810 228 723 (Inclusive Dates of Exhibition: 10 June–3 July 2016)

Welcome Gathering (6:30–8:00PM)

Cash bar with light appetizers at Prima Plora Restaurant, Rethymnon Akrotiriou 8, Rethymno 741 00. Phone: +30 2831 056990

Monday, June 27

Registration (9:00–1:00)

Welcome (9:15–45; University of Crete, Auditorium A)

Linda S. Rashidi, President, International Lawrence Durrell Society Anna Lillios, Chair of the OMG XIX Conference Organizing Committee Lucia Athanassaki, Dean, Division of Classical Studies, University of Crete

Three Keynote Addresses (9:45–12:00)

  • Michael Haag “Setting the Scene”
  • Ian S. MacNiven “Climax in Crete: A Personal Narrative”
  • Chris White “The Kreipe Kidnap”
Lunch on Campus (12:00–1:15)

Session I (1:15–2:35)

Durrell and World War IIAnna Lillios University of Central Florida
Lawrence Durrell and His Literary Circle: Archiving the World War II Experience in GreeceMartha Klironomos San Francisco State University
‘The beautiful island lies / wounded and bleeding, the calm island, the strong’: The Battle of Crete and the Violence of Memory in the Poetry of George Seferis and Lawrence DurrellBrian Sneeden University of Connecticut

Session II (2:45–3:30)

Durrell as Poet and Inspiration: Poetry by Durrell and White Mice Contest WinnersMichael Colonnese Methodist University; David Radavich Eastern Illinois University
Break (3:30–3:50)

Session III (3:50–5:15)

‘Enter the dark crystal if you dare’: Greece in Lawrence Durrell’s Lyric PoemsFiona Tomkinson Yeditepe University
‘An end of everything known / A beginning of water’: Lawrence Durrell’s Poetic Quest for the Secret Flow of the WorldIsabelle Keller-Privat Université Toulouse I–Jean Jaurès
The House as Axis Mundi on the Durrells’ Island of CorfuDan H. Popescu Partium Christian University

Tuesday, June 28

Tour of World War II Sites

In the Footsteps of Leigh Fermor: The General Kreipe Abduction Route, Allied Secret Services, The ResistanceConducted by Costas Mamalakis formerly of the Historical Museum of Crete; Assisted by Chris White
(The tour begins in Rethymnon; lunch is not provided.)

Wednesday, June 29

Session IVA (9:15–10:30, Room 1)

How the Scene Has Been Created by Modern Writers from Ted Hughes to Hasegawa Kai: Their Objective Motive Related to Local Myth and Their Subjective Perspective Related to Non-stereotypical Explanations of NatureKeiko Tawa Poet Laureate Study Japan
Lawrence Durrell’s Convergence with the Cretan Landscape: An Issue of TranslatabilityNabil M. Abdel-Al United Nations

Session IVB (9:15–10:30, Room 2)

A Private Individual Without Concern for Policy: Durrell as a British Official, According to the Times of CyprusCiara Barrick European University Cyprus
More Bitter Lemons: George Tardios’s Poem ‘After the Lemons’ and Nora Nadjarian’s Short Story ‘Lemons’Petra Tournay-Theodotou European University Cyprus
Pope Joan on Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Lawrence Durrell in Cyprus in 1953–56Panaiotis Gerontopoulos
Break (10:30–10:45)

Session VA (10:45–12:00, Room 1)

RECEPTION (or rather non-reception) of Lawrence Durrell in SloveniaMarjeta Gostincar Cerar Association of Slovene Literary Translators
The Platonic Background of Durrell’s The Dark LabyrinthMichael Paschalis University of Crete
Data as Labyrinth: Reading Durrell with Charlock’s MachineJames M. Clawson Grambling State University

Session VB (10:45–12:00, Room 2)

Parallel Lives / Parallel Texts: Plutarch and The Alexandria QuartetHelen Wussow
‘The Seductive Spectacle’: Durrell’s Justine Caught Between Queen and CyborgUmme Al-wazedi Augustana College
The Vertiginous Musk of Modernity: Desire and Politics in Lawrence DurrellIzaak Hecht
Lunch on campus (12:00–1:15)

ILDS Business Meeting (1:15–1:55, Room 1)

Session VIA (2:00–3:15, Room 1)

Henry Miller on CreteFinn Jensen Copenhagen University
Henry Miller’s Writing on Crete and the Cretan AuthorsDiego Delgado Duatis Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Bergson and Odysseus Toss Back a Few: Kazantzakis’s Cretan PeasantsPamela J. Francis Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

Session VIB (2:00–3:15, Room 2)

Monty Woodhouse’s World War II FictionDavid Roessel Stockton University and Naijasia Thomas Stockton University
The Un-experience of War and Revolution in PH Newby’s Mediterranean FictionLisa Honaker Stockton University
Labyrinths of Language and Love: A Consideration of Lawrence Durrell and Elena FerranteCandace Fertile Camosun College

Session VII (3:20–4:40, Room 1)

Fernando Pessoa and The Avignon QuintetPaul H. Lorenz University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Writing History in Fiction: World War II and Nazism in The Avignon QuintetCorinne Alexandre-Garner Université Paris–Ouest
Letters from Paris and Thessaloniki: The Borrowed Identity of Lawrence Durrell as a Container for Post-Holocaust MemoriesRony Alfandary Bar Ilan University

Wednesday Evening, June 29

On Miracle Ground XIX Conference Banquet

Melina Restaurant at the Old Fort in Rethymnon

Welcome and Presentation of OfficersLinda S. Rashidi, President, The International Lawrence Durrell Society
Commemoration of the Anniversary of On Miracle Ground IX and a Tribute to Soad SobhyIan S. MacNiven, Former President, The International Lawrence Durrell Society
“Swimming Near El-Alamein”David Radavich Eastern Illinois University
“Ill Met by Moonlight”A Presentation by Gabriella Bullock and Hugh Bullock
Dramatic Performance of Stories by Nasos Vayenas and Yiorgos Philippou-Pierides Moderated by David Roessel Stockton University; Performed byJade Fleming Stockton University and Stephanie ManiaciStockton University
FarewellsAnna Lillios and James M. Clawson, OMG XIX Conference Organizers

Thursday, June 30

Visit to the WWII Memorial in Alikianos, tour of the Manousakis Winery, and visit to the Archeological Museum and harbor of Chania