Albert Camus in the 21st Century: A Reassessment of his by Mark Orme, Lissa Lincoln, Christine Margerrison

By Mark Orme, Lissa Lincoln, Christine Margerrison

Within the first decade of a brand new century, this number of bilingual essays examines Camus's carrying on with attractiveness for a brand new new release of readers. In the most important respects, the realm Camus knew has replaced past all reputation: decolonization, the autumn of the Iron Curtain, a brand new period of globalization and the increase of recent varieties of terrorism have all provoked a reconsideration of Camus's writings. If the Absurd as soon as struck a specific chord, Meursault is as most likely now to be noticeable as a colonial determine who expresses the alienation of the settler from the land of his delivery. but this expanding orthodoxy should also take account of the explanations why a brand new group of Algerian readers have embraced Camus. both, as soon as remoted as a result of his anti-Communist stance, Camus has been taken up by means of disaffected individuals of the Left, confident that new varieties of totalitarianism are overseas on the planet. This quantity, which levels from interpretations of Camus's literary works, his journalism and his political writings, can be of curiosity to all these looking to reassess Camus's paintings within the gentle of moral and political concerns which are of continuous relevance at the present time.

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9 54 Peter Dunwoodie been formalized and popularized in Algeria. Hence, for example, having invoked the history of the Labrador’s journey to the unknown in 1848, Cormery can conclude: “Où était son père en tout ceci? Nulle part”. And yet, Camus writes, “ces péniches (…) lui apprenaient plus de choses sur le jeune mort de Saint Brieuc que les souvenirs (séniles) et désordonnés qu’il était allé chercher” (PH, 173). While the mother (and uncle) were individualized in their disabilities, hence dense physical presences, the father remains not merely an absence but a composite figure, a construction “standing in” for what the narrator’s memorial excavations failed to recover.

In Bakhtin’s theory, the chronotope is the assessment of the relation between the fictional character, actions and events and the spacetime of the story which is itself seen as becoming, as future-oriented. The fictional Subject is thus a historical Subject, built on the ability to adapt, to transform, to change. The apprenticeship novel incorporates this particularly well, and the colonial novel (when not in full picaresque mode) exploits it to the full. Now, as it stands, Le Premier Homme clearly has major elements of the apprenticeship genre, but its central focus lies elsewhere, and it is in looking at where the focus lies that we best perceive Camus’s deliberate reorientation of the colonial chronotope to which he has to have recourse to supplement memory.

L’utopisme n’est pas entre-temps devenu moins dangereux. iii) La réflexion politique Une brève remarque pour commencer. Camus n’avait ni l’ambition ni la passion de la politique. C’est plutôt contraint et forcé par les événements qu’il y est venu, soit par la situation coloniale en Algérie, aux 15 Situations V (Paris : Gallimard, 1964), 192. Réflexions sur l’(in)actualité de Camus 37 temps d’Alger républicain et de Soir républicain, soit par la seconde guerre mondiale ou la guerre froide. En ce sens il n’est pas strictement un penseur du politique comme Hannah Arendt ou Claude Lefort.

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