Last year, Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French, spent a lot of time, so to speak, with French philosopher Albert Camus. During her sabbatical, Vanborre re-read many of Camus’s works while editing a new book of essays on him that’s just been released (by Palgrave Macmillan Publishers) entitled, The Originality and Complexity of Albert Camus’s Writings.
The book is an extension of Vanborre‘s research on twentieth century fiction, literary theory, and Francophone literature. Her articles and book reviews on French and Francophone literature focus especially on Camus, Maurice Blanchot and Maryse Condé. She is also the author of another book on Camus, Lectures blanchotiennes de Malraux et Camus.
The publisher describes Vanborre‘s new book this way: “Fifty years after Camus’s untimely death, his work still has a tremendous impact on literature. From a twenty-first century vantage point, his work offers us coexisting ideas and principles by which we can read and understand literature, the other and ourselves. Yet Camus seems to guide us without directing us strictly; his fictions do not offer clear-cut solutions or doctrines to follow. This complexity is what demands that the oeuvre be read, and reread. The wide-ranging articles in this volume shed light, concentrate on the original aspects of Camus’ writings and explore how and why they are still relevant for us today.”