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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

George Orwell and Albert Camus: A Comparative Study : - A Comparative Study -

Dr Miho Takashima.

This paper examines universal configuration of social and political relationships between various cultures through the eyes of two distinguished European writers, George Orwell and Albert Camus. The study comprises two main sections. The first part considers - in relation to their views of the "Self" and the "Other" and particularly to a sense of equilibrium - the two writers' respective upbringings, emotional and social experiences as well as the representations in their works. The second section treats these writers' views on "commitment" and the role of the writer, seen in their involvement with politics and in their literary criticism. I shall explore, through the study, what we could learn from their literary as well as political attitudes, and the role of intellectuals pursuing the Humanities studies in the world today.


Dr Miho Takashima  (Japan)
Lecturer in English Literature
Department of English Language and Literature
Meisei University

Born on 31st August 1961, graduated from Sophia University (French Language) in 1985, worked for BNP Tokyo Branch for 3 years, pursued an MA and PhD at Essex University between the years of 1989 and 1997, have been teaching at Meisei University since April 2003.

  • Orwell and Camus
  • Comparative Study
  • A sense of equilibrium
Person as Subject
  • Orwell, George Camus, Albert

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)