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Approaches to Teaching Camus's The Plague

Editor(s): Steven G. Kellman

Pages: x & 133 pp.
Published: 1985
ISBN: 9780873524858



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Thirty-five years ago Germaine Brée wrote that The Plague "is, within its limits, a great novel, the most disturbing, most moving novel yet to have come out of the chaos of the mid-century." Even though Camus's place within the literary canon has fluctuated over the last four decades, he remains a rare phenomenon: a foreign writer widely read in the United States and easily accessible to and popular with students. In high schools and colleges, The Plague is taught in courses on literature, language, philosophy, theology, political science, and history.

The volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first part, "Materials," reviews French and English editions of The Plague and of other works by Camus, reference works, background studies, and audiovisual aids. In the second part, "Approaches," Germaine Brée's prologue reflecting on Camus's career in North American academe is followed by essays suggesting ways to present The Plague in the classroom. The first essay situates The Plague in a world literature survey; the next ten contributors discuss teaching the novel in courses on French literature; in the study of philosophy, law, and medicine; and within the novel's historical, biographical, and geographical contexts. A final essay by Mary Ann Caws offers personal observations on the relevance of Camus's oeuvre.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Camus's The Plague

PART 1: MATERIALS
Steven G. Kellman

Editions

Other Works by Camus

Reference Works

Camus Studies

Background Studies
History
Literature
Philosophy
Sicknesses unto Death

Audiovisual Aids

PART 2: APPROACHES

Introduction

Prologue
Germaine Brée

The Plague as World Literature

Meaning and Message in The Plague
Konrad Bieber

Teaching La Peste in French Literature Courses

Conquering the Plague
Eva Van Ginneken

The Centripetal Structure of Camus's La Peste
Jennifer Waelti-Walters

A Method of Presenting Albert Camus's The Plague
Irma M. Kashuba, S.S.J.

The Plague and Its Contracts
Eugenia N. Zimmerman

The Plague in the Study of Philosophy, Law, and Medicine

Teaching The Plague in an Introductory Philosophy Course
Richard T. Lambert

Crime and the Anarchist in The Plague
Robert R. Brock

The Surgical Masque: Representations of Medicine in Literature
Ailene S. Goodman

Teaching the Historical, Biographical, and Geographical Contexts

Teaching the Historical Context of The Plague
Allen Thiher

Biographical Context and Its Importance to Classroom Study
Martha O'Nan

The North African Context of The Plague
Catharine Savage Brosman

Coda

On Not Being a Stranger
Mary Ann Caws

Works Cited

Index




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