Colonial Encounters in Albert Camus: Algeria and Limits of Freedom

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While the early literary works of Albert Camus often neglect and erase the lives of Arabs and the backdrop of Algeria, his later works are infiltrated by the situation and encounters of the Algerian war of decolonization. Multiple encounters between Arabs, Berbers, pied-noirs, and French can be found in his later work that complicate both his early philosophical views but also his political stances. These encounters among the backdrop of the Algerian war pushed his philosophical views to their limits. Through reading both literary and philosophical works by Camus, this essay argues that the Algerian war forced a change in Camus' work that complicates widely held views of his political positions on colonial Algeria and his own philosophical ideas.
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