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‘In joy we prepare our lessons’: Reading Camus’ Noces via their reception of the Eleusinian mysteries

Sharpe, Matthew 2016, ‘In joy we prepare our lessons’: Reading Camus’ Noces via their reception of the Eleusinian mysteries, Journal of classical receptions, vol. 8, no. 3, Autumn, pp. 375-403, doi: 10.1093/crj/clv008.

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Title ‘In joy we prepare our lessons’: Reading Camus’ Noces via their reception of the Eleusinian mysteries
Author(s) Sharpe, MatthewORCID iD for Sharpe, Matthew orcid.org/0000-0002-8165-5775
Journal name Journal of classical receptions
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Season Autumn
Start page 375
End page 403
Total pages 29
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2016
Keyword(s) Camus
Noces
mysteries
Greeks
Summary Nobel Prize winning author Albert Camus situates his meditations in both the opening and closing essays in his 1937 collection Noces by referring to the classical Eleusinian mysteries centring around the myths of Dionysus and the goddesses Demeter and Persephone. Noces’ closing piece ‘The Desert’ directly evokes the two levels of initiation involved in the classical Eleusinian cult in a way which prompts us to reframe the preceding essays beginning at Tipasa as akin to a single, initiatory trajectory. The kind of ‘love of life’ the opening ‘Nuptials at Tipasa’ had so marvellously celebrated, we are now informed, is not sufficient by itself. The entire round of these four essays, whose framing suggest four seasons (Spring in Tipasa, Summer at Algiers, then Autumn in Florence), are intended by Camus to enact just what the title, Noces, suggests in the context of the mysteries: namely, that hieros gamos or sacred union of man with nature or the gods at the heart of the ancient cults, tied very closely at Eleusis with reverence for the fecundity of nature, reborn each year with the return of Persephone from Hades to her grieving mother Demeter.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/crj/clv008
Field of Research 220209 History of Ideas
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078034

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation
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