Language and Culture Studies Distinguished Lecture at Trinity College March 7

Alice Kaplan of Yale University Discusses How Camus’s ‘L’Etranger’ Became ‘The Stranger’

Hartford, Connecticut, March 6, 2016 –

What: Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale University, presents a Language and Culture Studies Distinguished Lecture titled “How Albert Camus’s L’Etranger Became The Stranger: Literary Translation and the Long Life of a Classic.”

Albert Camus’s L’Etranger has been a best-seller for so long, we forget it was ever anything else. But literary classics are made, not born: though The Stranger was a book very few readers understood or appreciated when it was published in 1942, it became a household name – a regular on lists of the great books of the 20th century. Kaplan delved into publishers’ archives to uncover a key episode in L’Etranger’s career: the first translation of the French novel into English, in the United States and in England, four years after its publication – in 1946, when the war in Europe had been over for only a year. This is a tale of two cities, involving an author, his publishers, his translator, his readers, and reviewers. Knowledge of French is welcome but absolutely not required.

Kaplan’s lecture is a preview of her new book, Looking for The Stranger, which will be published in October 2016 by the University of Chicago Press and the Editions Gallimard. This event is free and open to the public.

When: Monday, March 7, 2016, 4:30 p.m.   

Where: Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106. For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.

Background: Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale University, was the founding director of the Duke University Center for French and Francophone Studies and a professor of romance studies, literature, and history. She is probably best known for her 1993 memoir, French Lessons, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography/autobiography. Kaplan’s research interests include World War II and post-war France, literature and law, biography/autobiography, and French cultural studies.