In the first decade of a new century, this collection of bilingual essays examines Camus's continuing popularity for a new generation of readers. In crucial respects, the world Camus knew has changed beyond all recognition: decolonization, the fall of the Iron Curtain, a new era of globalization and the rise of new forms of terrorism have all provoked a reconsideration of Camus's writings. If the Absurd once struck a particular chord, Meursault is as likely now to be seen as a colonial figure who expresses the alienation of the settler from the land of his birth. Yet this increasing orthodoxy must also take account of the reasons why a new community of Algerian readers have embraced Camus. Equally, once isolated because of his anti-Communist stance, Camus has been taken up by disaffected members of the Left, convinced that new forms of totalitarianism are abroad in the world. This volume, which ranges from interpretations of Camus's literary works, his journalism and his political writings, will be of interest to all those seeking to re-evaluate Camus's work in the light of ethical and political issues that are of continuing relevance today.
Abbreviations Mark ORME and Christine MARGERRISON: Introduction I: Maurice WEYEMBERGH: Reflexions sur l'(in)actualite de Camus Colonialism II: Peter DUNWOODIE: Negotiation or Confrontation? Camus, Memory and the Colonial Chronotope III: Maria Teresa PULEIO: Albert Camus lu par Assia Djebar, ou comment ecrire "ensemble" l'histoire des pieds-noirs et des colonises IV: Raylene RAMSAY: Colonial/Postcolonial Hybridity in Le Premier Homme and Jean-Marie Tjibaou's "First Man", Kanake V: Christine MARGERRISON: Sous le regard des hommes: "La Femme adultere" Ethics VI: Kevin NEWMARK: Tongue-tied: What Camus's Fiction Couldn't Teach Us about Ethics and Politics VII: Jorn BOISEN: Hedonisme et ethique: un paradoxe camusien? VIII: Geraldine F. MONTGOMERY: "Plus loin que la morale": considerations sur la quete camusienne d'une ethique et d'un au-dela IX: Tobias CHEUNG: Life-Worlds and the Problem of Subjectivity: A Comparison Between L'Etranger and Yasunari Kawabata's Snow Country X: Rouven PORZ, Jackie LEACH SCULLY and Christoph REHMANN-SUTTER: The Absurd in the Field of Genetic Diagnosis XI: Lissa LINCOLN: Discours du juste ou juste un discours? Discours et jugement chez Albert Camus dans un age de justification morale Politics XII: Andre ABBOU: L'actualite de Camus, demain. Contre "l'ensauvagement": re-humaniser l'homme XIII: Guy DUGAS: Camus, Senac, Robles: les ecrivains de l'Ecole d'alger face au terrorisme XIV: John FOLEY: Albert Camus and Political Violence XV: Virginie LUPO: Camus, l'eternel contemporain XVI: Anne TEULAT: Lire Camus au XXIe siecle: un journalisme visionnaire et ethique XVII: Mark ORME: Camus et le defis de la democratie au XXIe siecle XVIII: Samantha NOVELLO: Tragedy and "Aesthetic Politics": Re-thinking the Political beyond Nihilism in the Work of Albert Camus Bibliography Index