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The Tragic Nostalgia of Albert Camus

Robert Zaretsky

Algeria is never far from the center of Albert Camus's life and work—no further, in effect, than Ithaka is from the center of Odysseus's thoughts. In fact, Camus tended to see his native country through his readings of ancient Greek myth and tragedy. This article traces the ways in which Camus, with materials provided by ancient Greece, not only represented his native land, but also elaborated a “Mediterranean” school of thought—la pensée du Midi—that emphasizes the role of moderation or “measure.” There is an undeniable aspect of nostalgia to Camus's rendering of his country and its past, but this does not undermine its validity. By making use of Svetlana Boym's fruitful distinction between reflective and restorative forms of nostalgia, I suggest that the combination of the two categories lies at the heart of Camus's “philosophy of limits.”

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Camus et la « littérature algérienne »

Une notion stratégique dans l’espace littéraire francophone

Tristan Leperlier

En 2010, à l’occasion du cinquantenaire de la mort d’Albert Camus, le projet d’une « Caravane Camus » sillonant l’Algérie, d’abord soutenue par l’État algérien, avait finalement été annulé : « c’est cette “algérianité” de Camus, revendiquée par ses

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Democracy is an Exercise in Modesty

Albert Camus

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Challenging the Absurd?

Sartre’s Article on Kafka and the Fantastic

Jo Bogaerts

displayed a confluence of literary criticism and politics. After a brief interval 4 during the first years of the Second World War, in 1943 Sartre again published several articles, dealing with Maurice Blanchot, Albert Camus and Georges Bataille. 5 At a

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Sartre and Camus

In/Justice and Freedom in the Algerian Context

Ouarda Larbi Youcef

justice.”-Albert Camus “Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.”-Jean-Paul Sartre Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus met for the first time in June 1943 in Paris. Their friendship lasted almost a decade, more precisely, until 1952, though not

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Democracy Needs Rebellion

A Democratic Theory Inspired by Albert Camus

Markus Pausch

like Kimberley Brownlee (2018) or Geoffroy de Lagasnerie (2017) . In the light of these and similar current theoretical approaches of resistance, rebellion or disobedience, recourse to the French philosopher and writer Albert Camus is instructive

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Sartre, Camus and a Marxism for the 21st Century

David Schweikart

Ever since Marx, philosophy must lead to action. Otherwise it is irrelevant …. Philosophers must be angry, and, in this world, stay angry. Jean-Paul Sartre (1972) 1 I. The Quarrel On June 30, 1952 Albert Camus sent a seventeen-page letter to the

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France in the Times of COVID-19

The Public Humanities as a Vaccine for Coexistence

Araceli Hernández-Laroche

and economic woes, one of the novels that resonated the most in France and globally was Albert Camus's The Plague . At the very moment that France enforced measures to restrict access to places of culture, many French people turned to the humanities

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Book Reviews

Kate Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Webber, and John H. Gillespie

Oliver Gloag, Albert Camus: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), 112pp. ISBN: 9780198792970. £8.99 (paperback). In the original 1939 version of Albert Camus’ play Caligula , Cherea tells the Emperor that some

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Book Reviews

Nicholas J. Wernicki, Shannon M. Mussett, Adrian van den Hoven, and Matthew C. Eshleman

David Detmer, Sartre Explained Review by Nicholas J. Wernicki

Christine Daigle and Jacob Golomb, eds., Beauvoir & Sartre: The Riddle of Influence Review by Shannon M. Mussett

John Foley, Albert Camus: From the Absurd to Revolt Review by Adrian van den Hoven

Sebastian Gardner, Sartre’s Being and Nothingness: A Reader’s Guide Review by Matthew C. Eshleman