Alice Kaplan talks about Looking for the Stranger: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French, is a specialist of 20th century France. She works at the intersection of literature and history, using a method that allies archival research with textual analysis. Her teaching and research have focused on the Second World War, the Liberation, and the Algerian War, and on the writers Céline, Proust, and Camus. A writer and a literary translator, she served on the advisory board of the National Book Foundation’s study of the state of translation in the United States which resulted in the establishment of a National Book Award in Translated Literature. She is a former Guggenheim Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur as well the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History (for The Collaborator) and the Henry Adams Prize (for The Interpreter).