Camus, "The Plague"


Albert Camus’s novel "The Plague" (La peste), published in 1947, tells the story of a group of characters living through an outbreak of contagious disease in the 1940s, in the Algerian city of Oran, then part of France. There was no such outbreak, Camus never lived through a plague, and the novel has usually been understood as an allegory for the human condition. However, Camus’s plague is so vividly imagined and perceptive that it will immediately strike any reader in 2020 with its startling insight into what living through a pandemic feels like at all of its different stages.

The Politics of Camus’s Imaginary Plague

Presented by Barry McCrea

How Camus decided to use the predicament of a pandemic as a way to explore other questions.

Heroes, Victims, and Lovers in "The Plague"

Presented by Barry McCrea

The different fates of Camus’s characters and what they mean.

Coming out of Lockdown

Presented by Barry McCrea

What we can learn from the end of Camus’s novel.

Join the live virtual event

Presented by Barry McCrea

Ask questions and listen to a live discussion about "The Plague" with Barry McCrea on Wednesday, July 8, at 1 pm EDT.  Register to receive information about how to join the live event. If you already registered for a previous live discussion, you do not need to register again.

Run time: 60 minutes

Thank you for your participation!

Presented by Barry McCrea

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