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The Originality and Complexity of Albert Camus's Writingsby Emmanuelle Anne Vanborre
Synopses & Reviews
Fifty years after Camus's untimely death, his work still has a tremendous impact on literature. From a twenty-first century vantage point, his work offer us coexisting ideas and principles by which we can read and understand the other and ourselves. Yet Camus seems to guide us without directing us strictly; his fictions do not offer clear-cut solutions or doctrines to follow. This complexity is what demands that the oeuvre be read, and reread. The wide-ranging articles in this volume shed light, concentrate on the original aspects of Camus' writings and explore how and why they are still relevant for us today.
About the Author
Emmanuelle Anne Vanborre is an assistant professor of French at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Her research is focused on twentieth century fiction, literary theory, and Francophone literature. She has published articles and book reviews on French and Francophone literature, especially on Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus and Maryse Condé. She is the author of Lectures blanchotiennes de Malraux et Camus (2010).
Table of Contents
PART I: LITERARY CONSIDERATIONS
Camus, the Nouveau Roman, and the Postmodern
The Complexity and Modernity of La pesteAlbert Camus's The Fall: The Vertiginous Fall into Language, Representation, and Reality
PART II: PHILOSOPHICAL AND POLITICAL REFLECTIONS
Camus's Unbeknownst Legacy: Or, 'I'm having an existential crisis!' Don't you really mean a Camusian crisis?
Sisyphean (Out)rage and the Refusal to Mourn
Albert Camus's Warring Twentieth Century: From his Ancestral Spain to his Mediterranean Utopias
PART III: EVOLUTION AND INFLUENCES
Prison, Plague, and Piety: Medieval Dystopia in Albert Camus's La peste
Summer by Albert Camus: The Essay in the Mirror of Fiction
Tormented Shade: Camus's Dostoevsky
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