There will be two pieces of reading for Friday, January 25:

  • David Carroll, Albert Camus, the Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice, “The ‘Algerian’ in Camus”, 1-18
  • Albert Camus, The First Man, Editor’s note-p. 28 T

The First Man, is available for purchase in the university bookstore, and David Carroll’s introduction to Albert Camus, The Algerian: Colonialism, Terrorism, Justice can be found either on our course reserves, or online at the library website here.

David Carroll’s text will serve as a helpful introduction to Albert Camus, explaining how his work is a hotly debated topic in Postcolonial Studies. In fact, some scholars might see it as problematic for me to be placing him on a syllabus in a course with “Postcolonial Literature” in the title. In the “Editor’s Note” to The First Man, Camus’ daughter Catherine mentions these concerns as well.

The First Man, as Catherine Camus explains, is Albert Camus posthumously published novel. How does her Editor’s Note, Carroll’s introduction, and Camus’ dedication and first chapter suggest we should read this text? After reading this much, how do you intend to approach reading this book? What successes and/or difficulties have you encountered with your own attempt to read this text so far?