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Stendhal: The Red and the Black By Stirling Haig

Stendhal: The Red and the Black
by Stirling Haig

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This study places the novel, first published in 1830, in the context of its time and highlights the interpretration of the personal and the fictional in Stendhal's writing. The realism of the novel is derived from an incorporation of history and legal reportage.
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Stendhal: The Red and the Black by Stirling Haig

Stendhal's great novel The Red and the Black, published in 1830, is seen as one of the most distinguished monuments of literary realism. In this introductory study, Stirling Haig shows how this realism derives from the incorporation of both history and legal reportage into the novel, and how it combines autobiography with mimesis. Professor Haig locates the novel in the context of Stendhal's own experiences as a Commissariat officer in the Napoleonic army, journalist, opera-lover, salon dandy and traveller in Italy and Restoration France, and highlights the constant inter-penetration of personal, documentary, and fictional elements in Stendhal's writings.

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Stendhal: The Red and the Black Reviews

"...a concise yet perspicacious treatment of the most important features of the novel." Nineteenth-Century French Studies

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on translations; Chronology; 1. The Red and the Black: the background; 2. The Red and the Black: the novel; 3. Stendhal's mirrors; Guide to further reading.

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Stendhal: The Red and the Black by Stirling Haig
Stirling Haig
Landmarks of World Literature
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Cambridge University Press
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