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Title: Resurrecting the absurd : contemporary applications of the mechanics of style in Albert Camus's L'étranger
Author: Larocque, Serge Anthony
ISNI:       0000 0004 8500 603X
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis considers the communication and appropriation of Albert Camus's philosophy of the Absurd through works of literary fiction, and addresses two questions: What elements of style did Camus use in L'étranger to facilitate the understanding and appropriation of his absurdist ideas, and how can these elements be applied or modified to suit a contemporary audience? This thesis argues that this literary mode transcends historical boundaries, and that the philosophical ideas which are at the forefront of absurdist fiction can help readers navigate the turmoil of their lives. This thesis also argues the importance of following a particular literary style when writing in this genre, which champions the use of a stream of consciousness-style narration, short and simple prose, and establishing a lack of emotion throughout the text. Lastly, this critical piece argues for the use of a specific type of main character, who embodies or represents the philosophical notion of Camus's revolt through his behaviour and beliefs, as well as through his physical and psychological profile. To exemplify my contentions, I have produced a work of absurdist fiction which adheres to the arguments and ideas presented in this thesis. Smoke Rings, my novel of absurdist fiction, stands as an example of contemporary absurdist fiction. Its aim is to entice readers to appropriate Camus's absurdist notions, and ultimately to evaluate their lives in accordance with Camus's absurdist maxims.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Absurd ; Camus ; Literary Theory ; Philosophy ; Absurdism ; Existentialism ; Character ; Literary Fiction ; Fiction ; Literary Setting