By Lawrence Durrell

An omnibus variation of the 5 novels released by means of Durrell in a kaleidoscopic series among 1974 and 1985. The books are set often in Avignon and the traditional state of Provence, although major episodes within the quintet are set within the Egyptian wilderness, Venice, Paris, Vienna and Geneva.

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London: Routledge, 1997), 128. 41 ontology 2) to show how it is that normative imperatives not only do conflict, but sometimes must conflict with actually existing individuals, 3) and to give a phenomeno logical account of how the possibility of transgression is a necessary condition for norms to arise. 5. Overview of Chapters Given these tasks and in employing the method of applied ontology, this dissertation serves to provide a deconstruction of the phenomenon of gender in the Heideggerian tradition and a concomitant reconstruction, or creative refraining, of the question of how we understand the ways human beings experience gender.

The aim of this inquiry is to use Heidegger's model of Dasein to examine the phenomenon of gender, understood as a social construction and a vehicle of power that is deployed within a social context. This means that this project makes use not only of the concepts and methodologies Heidegger employs in Being and Time, but also of Butler's theories regarding the performative, socially constructed character of gender and of Michel Foucault's theories regarding the deployment of power by means of discourse.

The history of Dasein is precisely the history of this always already established and ongoing intertwining in the site of gender. In the same way, we do not first find "naked" physical things and then project "meanings" onto them, nor do we find free-floating Platonic meanings which are then applied to things - rather, 70 Heidegger, Being and Time, 363; H. 315. Dasein is always already thrown in the world, which is to say, it is always together with the world, interwoven with it. " • So neither construction nor biological fact is logically prior to the other in this analysis; rather, they are understood as interdependent aspects of the phenomenon of gender.

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