This text provides an introduction to the historical and cultural context of Sartre and his work. It explores and explains the conflicting critical reactions to Sartre's work. A glossary of critical terms and cultural references provides background information.
1. Of stones and stories - Sartre's "La Nausee" Christopher Prendergast 2. "Une Autre espece de Livre" Dominick LaCapra 3.Sartre's "La Nausee" - fragment of an analytical reading Serge Doubrovsky 4. "La Nausee" and the question of closure Gerald Prince 5.Politics and the private self in Sartre's "Les Chemins de la Liberte" Benyon John 6. Crime - a floating signifier in Sartre's "Les Mouches" Charles D. Minahen 7. "Huis Clos" - distance and ambiguity Rhiannon Goldthorpe 8. Reference vs repetition, or the predicament of the actor Michael Issacharoff 9. The revolutionary hero revisited Pierre Verstraeten 10. Three methods in Sartre's literary criticism Frederic Jameson 11. Applying the tourniquet - Sartre and punning, W.D. Redfern 12. A parodic strategy - Sartre's "Les Mots" Felicia Gordon 13. Philosophy and auto(bio)graphy - the exemplary case of Jean-Paul Sartre Edouard Morot 14. The dialect of narcissism, Douglas Collins 15. The staging of desire Andrew N. Leak