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David Lodge

Datum narození: 28. leden 1935
Další jména: Lodge

David Lodge je britský prozaik, dramatik, satirik a literární kritik. Jeho beletristické dílo většinou vychází z tzv. univerzitního románu. Ve svých prózách často paroduje klasiky moderní prózy.

Po studiích a službě v armádě přednášel v letech 1960 – 1987 anglickou literaturu na univerzitě v Birminghamu, kde žije dodnes jako svobodný spisovatel. Jeho dílo zahrnuje jak humoristické romány , tak i literárněvědné práce a kritické eseje . Podobně jako jeden z hrdinů Hostujících profesorů přednášel Lodge v roce 1969 na Berkeleyské univerzitě v Kalifornii a je specialistou na Jane Austenovou a editorem kritických vydání jejich děl.


„Vztah zabíjí sex. Čím delší vztah, tím menší sexuální vzrušení.“

„to read is to surrender oneself to an endless displacement of curiosity and desire from one sentence to another, from one action to another, from one level of a text to another. The text unveils itself before us, but never allows itself to be possessed; and instead of trying to possess it we should take pleasure in its teasing“ Small World


„Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children; life's the other way round.“

„I've been in love with you for weeks.'
There's no such thing,' she says. 'It's a rhetorical device. It's a bourgeois fallacy.'
Haven't you ever been in love, then?'
When I was younger,' she says, 'I allowed myself to be constructed by the discourse of romantic love for a while, yes.'
What the hell does that mean?'
We aren't essences, Vic. We aren't unique individual essences existing prior to language. There is only language.“

„It's the only thing that keeps me going these days, travelling. Changes of scene, changes of faces“ Small World

„Perhaps that's what we're all looking for - desire undiluted by habit.“

„Intensity of experience is what we're looking for, I think. We know we won't find it at home any more, but there's always the hope that we'll find it abroad“ Small World

„As is perhaps obvious, Morris Zapp had no great esteem for his fellow-labourers in the vineyards of literature. They seemed to him vague, fickle, irresponsible creatures, who wallowed in relativism like hippopotami in mud, with their nostrils barely protruding into the air of common-sense. They happily tolerated the existence of opinions contrary to their own — they even, for God’s sake, sometimes changed their minds. Their pathetic attempts at profundity were qualified out of existence and largely interrogative in mode. They liked to begin a paper with some formula like, ‘I want to raise some questions about so-and-so’, and seemed to think they had done their intellectual duty by merely raising them. This manoeuvre drove Morris Zapp insane. Any damn fool, he maintained, could think of questions; it was answers that separated the men from the boys.“


„Life, after all, should go forwards, not backwards.“

„When April with its sweet showers has pierced the drought of March to the root, and bathed every vein of earth with that liquid by whose power the flowers are engendered; when the zephyr, too, with its dulcet breath, has breathed life into the tender new shoots in every copse and on every hearth, and the young sun has run half his course in the sign of the Ram, and the little birds that sleep all night with their eyes open give song (so Nature prompts them in their hearts), then, as the poet Geoffrey Chaucer observed many years ago, folk long to go on pilgrimages. Only, these days, professional people call them conferences.
The modern conference resembles the pilgrimage of medieval Christendom in that it allows the participants to indulge themselves in all the pleasures and diversions of travel while appearing to be austerely bent on self-improvement. To be sure, there are certain penitential exercises to be performed - the presentation of a paper, perhaps, and certainly listening to papers of others.“

„Information is the religion of the modern world.“

„Literature is mostly about having sex and not having children. Life is the other way around“ The British Museum Is Falling Down


„What are we all looking for? Happiness? One knows that doesn't last. Distraction, perhaps distraction from the ugly facts: that there is death, there is disease, there is impotence and senility ahead“ Small World

„wandering between two worlds, one lost, the other powerless to be born.“ Changing Places

„To some people, there is no noise on earth as exciting as the sound of three or four big fan-jet engines rising in pitch, as the plane they are sitting in swivels at the end of the runway and, straining against its brakes, prepares for takeoff. The very danger in the situation is inseparable from the exhilaration it yields. You are strapped into your seat now, there is no way back, you have delivered yourself into the power of modern technology. You might as well lie back and enjoy it.“ Small World

„What do we mean - it is a common term of praise - when we say that a book is "original"? Not, usually, that the writer has invented something without precedent, but that she has made us "perceive" what we already, in a conceptual sense, "know", by deviating from the conventional, habitual ways of representing reality. Defamiliarization, in short, is another word for "originality". I shall have recourse to it again in these glances at the art of fiction.“ The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts

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