Resisting the Defeatism of Epidemic: A Critical Study of the Plague by Albert Camus

Authors

  • Miss Arti Student (MA. English), School of Humanities, Department of English, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab India
  • Dr. Muzafar Ahmad Bhat Assistant Professor, School of Humanities, Department of English, Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, Punjab India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10846

Keywords:

Plague, disease, fatalist, science, religion, belief, history, sin, defeat

Abstract

Most plague texts have their genesis in fact. The Plague is no exception. Therefore, to study the aesthetics of plague literature—or more particularly, the aesthetic constructs of destiny in plague literature—is to examine the process by which the factual reality of plague is first perceived and then translated by an author into a literary reality. A process that begins in perception—and indeed, the ancient Greeks defined aesthetics as perception—thus ends in representation; the plague text re-presents plague’s fact.

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References

Camus, Albert. The Plague, The Fall, Exile and The Kingdom, and Selected Essays. Trans. Stuart Gilbert. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Everyman’s Library,Print. 2004.

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Thucydides. “The Plague of Athens.” The Peloponnesian War, Chapter 47. Trans. C. F. Smith. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Loeb Classical Library, Print.2001.

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Published

2020-11-28

How to Cite

Arti, M., & Ahmad Bhat, D. M. (2020). Resisting the Defeatism of Epidemic: A Critical Study of the Plague by Albert Camus. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 8(11), 167-174. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i11.10846