The Cambridge Companion To Camus by Edward J. HughesThe Cambridge Companion To Camus by Edward J. Hughes

The Cambridge Companion To Camus

EditorEdward J. Hughes

Paperback | May 28, 2007

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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 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.
Edward J. Hughes is Professor of French Studies at Queen Mary, University of London.
Title:The Cambridge Companion To CamusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 28, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521549787

ISBN - 13:9780521549783


Table of Contents

Chronology; Introduction Edward J. Hughes; Part I. Biography and Influences: 1. Camus: a life lived in critical times Ieme van der Poel; 2. Situating Camus: the formative influences Toby Garfitt; 3. Autobiographical soundings in L'Envers et l'Endroit Edward J. Hughes; Part II. Themes, Preoccupations and Genres: 4. Rethinking the absurd: Le Mythe de Sisyphe David Carroll; 5. Camus and the theatre Christine Margerrison; 6. Camus the journalist Jeanyves Guerin; 7. Camus and social justice Martin Crowley; 8. Violence and ethics in Camus Colin Davis; 9. Camus and Sartre: the great quarrel Charles Forsdick; 10. Portraits of women, visions of Algeria Danielle Marx-Scouras; Part III. Texts and Contexts: 11. From Noces to L'Etranger Peter Dunwoodie; 12. Layers of meaning in La Peste Margaret E. Gray; 13. Withheld identity in La Chute David Ellison; 14. Le Premier Homme and the literature of loss Debra Kelly; Postface Edward J. Hughes; Guide to further reading; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"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