Ève Morisi is Assistant Professor of French and Francophone literature at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines the relationships among poetics, ethics and politics in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular interest in the representations of extreme violence, suffering, and resistance. She is the author of Albert Camus contre la peine de mort (Gallimard, 2011, pref. by Robert Badinter), Albert Camus, le souci des autres (Classiques Garnier, 2013), Camus et l’éthique (éd., Classiques Garnier, 2014), and has written numerous articles pertaining to such questions as capital punishment, colonialism, destitution, objectification, murder, and terror in the works of Hugo, Poe, Baudelaire, Camus and the OuLiPo, among others. She recently completed the manuscript of a monograph entitled Capital Letters: Writing and the Death Penalty in Hugo, Baudelaire, and Camus.
Telling Terror/isms sets out to analyze the portrayals of terror and terrorism in French and Francophone Algerian literature. This previously understudied corpus allows for a better understanding of terrorism as a plural phenomenon and sheds light on the relations that it establishes with fiction and the process of representation. Numerous novels, plays, and essays testify to the emergence of the concept of "Terror" under the French Revolution, to the development of various forms of terrorism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and to renewed debates about extreme political violence among French-speaking intellectuals in the contemporary era. The poetic craft of French (including Hugo, Michelet, Camus) and Francophone writers (such as Mimouni, Djebar, Khadra, Sansal, among others) which has given a face to these terrorisms is of interest insofar as it may upend the propagandistic, imprecise, sensationalistic, or impersonal figuration generated by the terrorists themselves, by doxa, the media or certain types of specialized discourses.