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February 8: The First Man (Manuscript and Graphic Novel)

Today, we’ll be reading Albert Camus’, The First Man, p. 177-197, along with the graphic novel version by Jacques Ferrandez, The First Man, p. 98-111. This excerpt from the graphic novel can be found on the Course Reserves.

We’ll be discussing the difference between each mode that this text is written in. How does the unfinished manuscript–albeit edited–appear different than the graphic novel?

Reminder: If you decide to do your Rhetorical Analysis on a text which we have not discussed in class, you must have it approved by me by Wednesday, February 13.

Featured Image: “Novel and Graphic Novel at Peet’s” by Judith Levy. February 8, 2019.

February 6: The First Man

Reading for February 6: Albert Camus, The First Man, p. 135-176.

Reminder: Reading Response 2 is due at the time class begins.

Featured Image: “Reading the Footnotes” by Judith Levy. Februrary 8, 2019. (Image is an excerpt from: Camus, Albert. The First Man. Trans. David Hapgood. New York: Vintage Books, 1996.)

January 25: David Carroll and Albert Camus

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?

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