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“Arabes”, “Algériens” et autres appellations dans le discours camusien

By Neil Foxlee


This article takes issue with retrospectivist criticisms of Camus for his allegedly exclusive use of the term ‘Arabs’ to refer to indigenous Algerians, a term seen as denying them a distinct national identity. The term ‘Arabs’, however, was part of everyday usage for the European population of the time, who – before the term was reappropriated by Algerian nationalists – described themselves as ‘Algerians’ by contrast. In fact, Camus uses the term ‘Algerians’ to refer to the indigenous population on a number of occasions, while in other instances, his terminology is inconsistent, as it is in Camus’s descriptions of his own identity

Topics: R800, R707
Publisher: La Société des Études camusiennes
Year: 2009
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