Advisor Information

Patrice Proulx

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 232

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

3-3-2017 1:30 PM

End Date

3-3-2017 1:45 PM

Abstract

Albert Camus, an Algerian-born French writer, philosopher, and winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize in literature, had a significant impact on 20th-century world literature and philosophical thought. Even today, Camus’s essays, novels, plays, and short stories remain relevant and compelling. More recent adaptations of his work incorporate such important themes as the meaning of life and death, French colonialism and practices, and basic human rights. This presentation examines the short story L’Hôte (Eng. The Guest) (1957) from Camus’s the Exile and the Kingdom collection, as well as the graphic novel L’Hôte (2009) by Jacques Ferrandez, and the live action feature production Loin des hommes (Eng. Far from Men) (2014) by David Oelhoffen, both of which are based on Camus’s original version. My project analyzes the literal content and the metaphorical implications of the story itself, as well as the extent to which the newer representations can be considered as unique tales. My research, which targeted a topic that has not been explored previously, focuses on an exploration of existentialist and absurdist leitmotifs in Camus’s work, thus allowing me to expand on the understanding of its contemporary significance.

Comments

Winner of Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation

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Mar 3rd, 1:30 PM Mar 3rd, 1:45 PM

Twenty-First Century Representations of Albert Camus’s “L’Hôte”

UNO Criss Library, Room 232

Albert Camus, an Algerian-born French writer, philosopher, and winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize in literature, had a significant impact on 20th-century world literature and philosophical thought. Even today, Camus’s essays, novels, plays, and short stories remain relevant and compelling. More recent adaptations of his work incorporate such important themes as the meaning of life and death, French colonialism and practices, and basic human rights. This presentation examines the short story L’Hôte (Eng. The Guest) (1957) from Camus’s the Exile and the Kingdom collection, as well as the graphic novel L’Hôte (2009) by Jacques Ferrandez, and the live action feature production Loin des hommes (Eng. Far from Men) (2014) by David Oelhoffen, both of which are based on Camus’s original version. My project analyzes the literal content and the metaphorical implications of the story itself, as well as the extent to which the newer representations can be considered as unique tales. My research, which targeted a topic that has not been explored previously, focuses on an exploration of existentialist and absurdist leitmotifs in Camus’s work, thus allowing me to expand on the understanding of its contemporary significance.