Date of Degree

9-2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

French

Advisor(s)

Peter Consenstein

Committee Members

Jason Herbeck

Ali Nematollahy

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | French and Francophone Language and Literature

Keywords

Camus La Nouvelle Culture Mediterraneenne, Mediterraneanism, La Peste, The Plague, Separation, Exile

Abstract

The following dissertation uses the speech Camus gave at the inauguration of a new community arts center in Algiers in 1937, entitled “La Culture Indigène. La Nouvelle Culture Méditerranéenne,” to show that this expression of Mediterraneanism, as well as its evolution, can be detected in his novel La Peste, which was published ten years later in 1947. The bearing of Camus’s identification with the Mediterranean world on his speech is that it generated a sense of in-betweenness. This in-betweenness, I argue, is a key feature of Camus’s Mediterranean thought that is also found in La Peste’s subject matter, its universal themes of exile, belonging, love and separation, along with the chronicle’s imitation of Thucydides’ own narratorial style. In-betweenness thus provides us with a lens through which Camus’s Mediterraneanism can be clearly linked to La Peste.

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