African Literature Book Club moves online! Join us for Albert Camus’ “The Plague”

‘In this respect our townsfolk were like everybody else, wrapped up in themselves; in other words they were humanists: they disbelieved in pestilences. A pestilence isn’t a thing made to man’s measure; therefore we tell ourselves that pestilence is a mere bogy of the mind, a bad dream that will pass away. But it doesn’t always pass away and, from one bad dream to another, it is men who pass away, and the humanists first of all, because they haven’t taken their precautions.’
The Plague, Albert Camus

The story is set sometime in the 1940s, in the town of Oran – a large French port of the Algerian coast.  The city is filled with dull business-like people who are too sophisticated and caught up in their modernity to at first take seriously the strange event of rats turning up dead at street corners and doorsteps.

This town has no rats, must be some kids playing silly pranks. Dead rats increase like a bad omen heralding doom, and people are strangely falling sick and winding up dead in the same pattern.  The town must look into this but not take it too seriously because things like this don’t happen in Oran, they happen elsewhere and there is no reason to panic.

Dr Rieux, the central character – a town doctor and the first in touch with the sick and dying – is quick to catch on a sense of crisis but the town leadership is complacently in waiting until the numbers are impossible to ignore. But what do the mere
numbers of the dying mean to the living and unbereaved?

The town is shut down. It can happen to us; it is happening to us. Communications must adapt to the urgent – the only – task of survival.  The meanings of relationships are changing by necessity. What does all this teach us about the meaning and experience of life?

Albert Camus’ The Plague is strangely apt for the times. In the midst of sickness, death, isolations, and lockdowns in the context of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, The Plague is increasingly getting reinvigorated attention as an important read to think about our collective condition today.

We had planned to read Mia Couto’s A River Called Time for our next meeting, but we have decided to bring in Camus’s novel for its profound relevance at this time.

Join us at our virtual meeting of the African Literature Book Club as we discuss this novel. Let’s think together about how this book helps us to reflect on our current condition – a global one and how we may specifically think about its relationship with Africa.

To make this interesting and personal, we encourage everyone who can join us at the meeting to pick a favorite quote from book with which they can discuss how they are experiencing the times.

We are looking forward to seeing you and listening to your important interventions at the next meeting.

Diekara Oloruntoba-Oju –  African Literature Book Club Coordinator

Meeting via Zoom: Saturday 9th May, 15:00-16:30

eBook on iDiscover (Cambridge Uni members): https://bit.ly/39Xhvch

Kindle: https://amzn.to/3aDr01w

(also available on Audible)

Please sign up via our Eventbrite page to receive an invite to our Zoom meeting: https://bit.ly/3e0OcJ9

New ebooks – September 2017

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Bus1   Bus2  Bus3  Chem1  Divinity  Educ1  Educ2  Eng1   English1  English2  History1    HPS1    Medicine1  Medicine2  POLIS1  POLIS2  Soc1  Soc2  Soc3  Sust1  Sust2  AMES1  AMES2  ames3  Bus4   Eng3  Eng4  HPS2      MML1  Eng5  Music1  Music2

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Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition

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To paraphrase the words of the Chicago Manual of Style team, on Monday 21st August two rare events were celebrated in the US: a solar eclipse and the unveiling of the new Chicago Manual of Style Online.

ebooks@cambridge is pleased to announce that current staff and students of the University now have access to the new 17th edition, on and off-campus, via iDiscover or directly via this link.

About the Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is a style guide for American English, published by University of Chicago Press, prescribing writing and citation styles widely used in publishing. The Chicago citation style is also recommended to students by a number of Cambridge University departments for use in essays and other forms of work.

What’s new in the 17th edition?

As well as a much more up-to-date look, the site has been enhanced with additional content. Of…

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New ebooks – July 2017

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during July. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

Education1   English1  9780415154963.indd  Crime & Empire AW  Art1  HPS1  Law1  Music1   Politics1  Psychology1  Sociology1    SPS1    Business1  Business2  Economics1  Education2  Education3  History2  Art2  Medicine1  Music2  Philosophy1  Psychology2  Sociology2  Sociology3   MML1  MML2    HPS2    Education4  Education5  Education6   HPS3  HPS4  HPS5  MML3  Psychology3

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Duke University Press: new ebooks for 2017

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Michelle D. Commander traces how post-civil rights Black American artists, intellectuals, and travellers envision literal and figurative flight back to Africa as a means by which to heal the dispossession caused by the slave trade, in Afro-Atlantic Flight published this month by Duke University Press. flightAfro-Atlantic Flight is just one of 23 ebooks published so far in 2017 that are available on the eDuke Books Scholarly Collection platform to members of the University of Cambridge, thanks to continued funding by the University Library. Click on the covers below to view the full text of some of these titles in subjects including African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology/Ethnography, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gender Studies/Feminist Theory.

illegible will  media theory  woman  facing planetary  feminist life  beyond settler  ebergypharmocracy

In addition to a growing collection of new titles, members of the University have access to 1250 titles published between 1964 and 2007 from the…

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109 new ebooks available from Routledge Handbooks Online

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The ebooks@cambridge team is pleased to announce that 109 new handbooks are now available to Cambridge University members via Routledge Handbooks Online. These new titles have been selected by Faculty and Departmental librarians from the 2015 and 2016 collections and cover a wide range of subjects: Anthropology, Archaeology & Classics, Asian Studies, Business, Communication, Education, Environment & Sustainability, Geography, History, Literature, Middle East Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Religion, Sociology and South Asian Studies.

94 of the new titles have been funded by the Connell Fund, which was also used for our recent acquisition of new ebook collections from Bloomsbury Collections, about which we posted recently. Below is a selection of these titles. Click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links. You can see a  complete list of these 94 new titles by downloading RHO title selection Connell 2016-17.

Sociology1  Arch1  Business1  Education1  Sustain1  

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New ebook collections now available from Bloomsbury

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The number of ebooks available to members of the University via Bloomsbury Collections has recently increased significantly with the purchase of several new collections.

The following collections have been purchased on the recommendation of the Connell Fund librarians, using part of the Connell Fund ebooks allocation for 2016-17:

  • Anthropology 2017 – 11 titles
  • History 2016 – 74 titles
  • Philosophy 2015 – 54 titles
  • Theology 2015 – 21 titles

A complete list of titles within these collections is available to download to Excel here: bloomsbury-titles. Here is a small selection – click on the covers to access the ebooks via authenticated links:

Duchy of Warsaw  Britain in the Middle East  atonement  eucharist  logic-of-the-digital  soviet-street  birth-of-the-english  desire-in-ashes

Additionally, the Squire Law Library has purchased all of the archive and front list Law ebook collections on the Bloomsbury Collections site:

  • C.H. Beck ∙ Hart ∙ Nomos 2014 – 2017
  • Comparative Law, Legal History and Legal Studies
  • Competition Law
  • Constitutional…

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New ebooks – January 2017

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during January. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

ames1   anth1  business1  education1  english1  hps1  italian1  law1  mml1  history1  land1    matsoc1  medicine1  sociology1  ames2  anth2  business2  education2  english2    hps2  italian2  land2  matsoc2    medicine2  mml2sociology2   economics1  Research, Reference Service, and Resources for the Study of Afri  Adobe Photoshop PDF     sociology5  mml3  land3   english3  education3  anthropology3  hps3

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New ebook titles – September 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during September. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

ames1   business1  criminology1  education1  engineering1  history1  hps1  italian1  law1  mml1  sociology1    sps1  sps2  teaching without disruption aw.indd  hps2  history2  sps3  ames2  hps3    matsci1  law2  matsci2  education3    ames3  education4education5   engineering2  engineering3  hps4     law3  mml2  sps4  

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New ebook titles – August 2016

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Here is a selection of the titles added to the ebooks@cambridge collection during August. These titles were purchased by, or on behalf of, department and faculty libraries within the University of Cambridge and by the University Library.

Click on the cover image to access the title via our authenticated links.

9781118517864_cover.indd   Education1  Education2 Engineering1  HPS1  Medicine1  Medicine2 made in spain aw.indd  Music2  Education3  English1    Business2  Business3  african1  architecture1  business4  divinity1  education4  geography1    italian1  law1  medicine3  medicine4    music3  music4politics1   african2  education6  business5     business6  education7  education8         

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