Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Algeria Is What Pains Me"

My paper from yesterday's extremely interesting Boston College conference on "Camus in Algeria." I enjoyed all the papers--a rarity--as well as meeting Adam Gopnik, who is as charming in person as one would guess from his New Yorker pieces.

7 comments:

Steven Rendall said...

Gopnik must have been *very* charming, then.

James Brown said...

Thanks for sharing your paper, Art. Very interesting

Steven Rendall said...

This is a superb essay on Camus. The way you use the utopian vision articulated in Noces to illuminate not only Camus's later works but the place he occupies, or could occupy, in contemporary culture is nothing short of brilliant. It is surprising, as you say, that no one seems to have connected this aspect of Camus with Taine. –Your evocation of the love of the world as Camus expresses it in his early works also reminds me of Michel Tournier's Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique, in which Robinson Crusoe experiences a similar but more literal erotic union with the earth.

Boris said...

Thank you very much for sharing your paper, which I found very interesting.
I am sure you know, but it might be interesting to tell your readers, that the French of Algeria, at least before the war of 1954-62, called themselves "Algerians". They were French too, in the sense that people can be Bretons and French.

Mitch Guthman said...

Thanks very much for your paper. Quite a bit of interesting material about both Camus and the Algerian war. It's an emerging area of interest for me and, obviously, has a lot of relevance to any number of issues in France today.

Did any of the others post their papers?

Art Goldhammer said...

Not that I know of, but some, including a slightly expanded version of my paper, will appear in a forthcoming issue of the South Central Journal.

Mitch Guthman said...

Art,

I will look forward to reading it and the others, too. Can you please make an announcement when that issue is available (and perhaps how to buy it)?