Albert Camus's 'The New Mediterranean Culture' (Monographie)

A text and its contexts


Allgemeine Angaben

Autor(en)

Neil Foxlee

Verlag
Peter Lang
Stadt
Oxford u.a.
Publikationsdatum
2010
Reihe
Modern French Identities - Band 38
Weiterführender Link
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?event=cmp.ccc.seitenstruktur.detailseiten&seitentyp=produkt&pk=54564&concordeid=430207
ISBN
978-3-03430-207-4 ( im KVK suchen )
Thematik nach Sprachen
Französisch
Disziplin(en)
Literaturwissenschaft
Schlagwörter
mediterraner Humanismus, Camus Albert

Exposé

On 8 February 1937 the 23-year-old Albert Camus gave an inaugural lecture for a new Maison de la culture, or community arts centre, in Algiers. Entitled ‘La nouvelle culture méditerranéenne’ (‘The New Mediterranean Culture’), Camus’s lecture has been interpreted in radically different ways: while some critics have dismissed it as an incoherent piece of juvenilia, others see it as key to understanding his future development as a thinker, whether as the first expression of his so-called ‘Mediterranean humanism’ or as an early indication of what is seen as his essentially colonial mentality.
These various interpretations are based on reading the text of ‘The New Mediterranean Culture’ in a single context, whether that of Camus’s life and work as a whole, of French discourses on the Mediterranean or of colonial Algeria (and French discourses on that country). By contrast, this study argues that Camus’s lecture – and in principle any historical text – needs to be seen in a multiplicity of contexts, discursive and otherwise, if readers are to understand properly what its author was doing in writing it. Using Camus’s lecture as a case study, the book provides a detailed theoretical and practical justification of this ‘multi-contextualist’ approach.

Contents: A multi-contextualist approach to intellectual-historical method, influenced by Quentin Skinner – Annotated translations of Albert Camus’s ‘The New Mediterranean Culture’ and ‘Reflections on Generosity’ – Critique of humanist and postcolonial approaches to Camus – French discourses on the Mediterranean – Gabriel Audisio’s Mediterraneanism – Interwar French intellectual debates on culture and the East-West question – 1930s Algerian politics – Camus’s early life and formative influences – The legacy of ‘The New Mediterranean Culture’ in Camus’s later work.

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Redaktion romanistik.de
Erstellungsdatum
Mittwoch, 22. Dezember 2010, 12:14 Uhr
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Mittwoch, 22. Dezember 2010, 12:14 Uhr