Thursday, December 16, 2010

Source: Cosper, Dale. "Albert Camus." Twentieth-Century French Dramatists. Ed. Mary Anne O'Neil. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 321. Literature Resource Center. Web. 9 Dec. 2010.

Summary : This source talks about Albert Camus childhood and about his family.

Important Quote: “He becomes aware that human desires for meaning, clarity, and immortality are absurd in a world where human life is apparently meaningless, indifferent, incoherent, and doomed to death and oblivion.” ( P. 16)

Insight: This relates to the stranger by showing how Meursault and Albert Camus faced the same problems growing up. Albert Camus grew up without a father and faced the death of his brother. Also Albert Camus and his brothers and sisters where put into a Orphanage. On the other hand, Meursault grew up without a father and a mother who didn’t care, but he had lived in a home with his mother.

Source: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)" from A Coney Island of the Mind: Poems. Copyright 1958 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Reprinted by permission of New Directions Publishing Corporation.


Important Quote: “Constantly risking absurdity

and death

whenever he performs

above the heads

of his audience

the poet like an acrobat

climbs on rime

to a high wire of his own making

and balancing on eyebeams

above a sea of faces

paces his way

to the other side of day

performing entrechats

and sleight-of-foot tricks

and other high theatrics

and all without mistaking

any thing

for what it may not be

For he's the super realist

who must perforce perceive

taut truth

before the taking of each stance or step

in his supposed advance

toward that still higher perch

where Beauty stands and waits

with gravity

to start her death-defying leap

And he

a little charleychaplin man

who may or may not catch

her fair eternal form

spreadeagled in the empty air

of existence “


Source: Holocaust Victim's Lost Novels Help Daughter Heal." Weekend Edition Saturday 22 Sept. 2007. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Dec. 2010.

Summary: This broadcast is about a holocaust victim’s daughter who has found 2 biographies that her mother had written before her death. Also it talks about how bad France was in the 1940’s.

Important Quote: ‘It was physically difficult, and it was emotionally difficult. I had to stop every so often because I would recognize people or places. And at times, this became unbearable. And that's why it took me so long. And when the original manuscripts went to the state archives, I really broke down. I felt as if something had been ripped from inside me’ (P. 23)

Insight to stranger: This relates to the book because Albert Camus and Meursault they where both dealing with what was going on in France and world war II during this time period. Also both of these people lived through this treacherous time. This also relates to Meursault because he had emotional difficulties that made him not show any.

Source: Lapaire, Pierre J. "The Plague: Overview." Reference Guide to World Literature. Ed. Lesley Henderson. 2nd ed. New York: St. James Press, 1995. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.

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Summary: This source talks about Algeria and the Plague that took over the city.

Important Quote: “During the summer, the epidemic is at its worst. Burials are expedited as mere administrative formalities; disposing of the corpses is a major problem; isolation camps are created for relatives of the dead; riots at the city gates are commonplace. All must now come to terms with the plague.” (P. 3)

Insight: Meursault was faced with his own problems during the summer just like Algeria did in the late 1940’s. He faced death and loneliness over the summer because of the attack on the Arab man on the beach who tried to jump him. Also both Meursault and Algeria had to deal with the same kind of consequences. Algeria was a target in WWII so people tried to kill him. And Meursault got jumped but shot the Arab man who tried and now it leaves them all suffering.

Source: "Edwidge Danticat." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.

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Summary: Edwidge Danticat talks about his mother’s immigrant experience and what she faced.

Important Quote:


Source: Wong, Sau-Ling Cynthia. "Immigrant Autobiography: Some Questions of Definition and Approach." American Autobiography: Retrospect and Prospect. Ed. Paul John Eakin. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991. 142-170. Rpt. in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Ed. Thomas J. Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau. Vol. 214. Detroit: Gale, 2009. Literature Resource Center. Web. 16 Dec. 2010.