The Cambridge Companion to Camus [NOOK Book]

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Albert Camus is one of the iconic figures of twentieth-century French literature, one of France's most widely read modern literary authors and one of the youngest winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. As the author of L'Etranger and the architect of the notion of 'the Absurd' in the 1940s, he shot to prominence in France and beyond. His work nevertheless attracted hostility as well as acclaim and he was increasingly drawn into bitter political controversies, especially the issue of France's place and role in...
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The Cambridge Companion to Camus

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Overview

Albert Camus is one of the iconic figures of twentieth-century French literature, one of France's most widely read modern literary authors and one of the youngest winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature. As the author of L'Etranger and the architect of the notion of 'the Absurd' in the 1940s, he shot to prominence in France and beyond. His work nevertheless attracted hostility as well as acclaim and he was increasingly drawn into bitter political controversies, especially the issue of France's place and role in the country of his birth, Algeria. Most recently, postcolonial studies have identified in his writings a set of preoccupations ripe for revisitation. Situating Camus in his cultural and historical context, this 2007 Companion explores his best-selling novels, his ambiguous engagement with philosophy, his theatre, his increasingly high-profile work as a journalist and his reflection on ethical and political questions that continue to concern readers today.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The Cambridge Companion to Camus does an excellent job of both providing a solid introduction to Camus and also situating his work in a contemporary context...the volume is a welcome and timely consolidation and updating of scholarship on Camus, and one which will appeal—without being diluted as a consequence—to a very diverse audience."
-Amanda Crawley Jackson, University of Sheffield, UK, H-France Review

"This tidy companion treats Albert Camus as an 'iconic figure' whose work suffered disparagement and marginalization during the postcolonial domination of criticism but has become eerily relevant since 9/11 and suicide bombings...Summing up: Recommended."
-M. Gaddis Rose, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139817301
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,169,518
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward J. Hughes is Professor of French Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.
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Table of Contents


Notes on contributors     vii
Acknowledgements     x
Chronology     xi
Preliminary notes and abbreviations     xvii
Introduction   Edward J. Hughes     1
Biography and Influences
Camus: a life lived in critical times   Ieme van der Poel     13
Situating Camus: the formative influences   Toby Garfitt     26
Autobiographical soundings in L'Envers et l'Endroit   Edward J. Hughes     39
Themes, Preoccupations and Genres
Rethinking the absurd: Le Mythe de Sisyphe   David Carroll     53
Camus and the theatre   Christine Margerrison     67
Camus the journalist   Jeanyves Guerin     79
Camus and social justice   Martin Crowley     93
Violence and ethics in Camus   Colin Davis     106
Camus and Sartre: the great quarrel   Charles Forsdick     118
Portraits of women, visions of Algeria   Danielle Marx-Scouras     131
Texts and Contexts
From Noces to L'Etranger   Peter Dunwoodie     147
Layers of meaning in La Peste   Margaret E. Gray     165
Withheld identity in La Chute   David R. Ellison     178
Le Premier Homme and the literature of loss   Debra Kelly     191
Postface   Edward J. Hughes     203
Guide to further reading     210
Index     220
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