Judging violent resistances: Camus’s artistic sensibility and the grey zone of rebellion

Masa Mrovlje

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The paper engages the grey zone of violent resistance – the morally ambiguous situations facing liberation activists that have generally fallen outside the grasp of transitional justice scholarship. For this purpose, it draws on Albert Camus’s artistic sensibility, reconstructing how his artistic appeal to the limits of rebellion can tackle the difficulty of judging violent resistance. The paper demonstrates the relevance of Camus’s artistic sensibility on the case of the armed anti-apartheid struggle. It analyses two South African novels, Afrika’s The Innocents and Wicomb’s David’s Story, in an attempt to show how their literary insights can enrich the official vision of reconciliation as propounded by the TRC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-321
Number of pages20
JournalLaw, Culture and the Humanities
Issue number2
Early online date14 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021
EventCritical Theory Colloquium - Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 17 May 201721 May 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Albert Camus
  • South Africa
  • grey zone
  • violent rebellion
  • artistic sensibility


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