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The EU Centre at RMIT in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of French Australian Relations (ISFAR) present: The Proust and Camus Centenaries and France’s Wars.
The year 1913 saw two events that would be of crucial importance to the literary history of twentieth century France. One was the publication of the first volume of Marcel Proust’s masterwork A la recherche du temps perdu; the other was the birth of Albert Camus, whose novels and essays would become emblematic of the Zeitgeist of mid-century French culture.
This presentation will explore the relationship of the works of these key authors to the wars (Franco-Prussian, First and Second World Wars, Algerian War) so central to shaping French history during the twentieth century.
Speaker: Colin Nettelbeck, Emeritus Professor of French at the University of Melbourne.
Colin Nettelbeck is Emeritus Professor of French at Melbourne University. He has written extensively about twentieth century French literature and French cultural history. He is one of the founders of the Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations (ISFAR) and is currently its president.