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This volume is intended to map out the critical reception of Stendhal's two most widely read novels, "The Red and the Black" ("Le Rouge et le Noir") and "The Charterhouse of Parma" ("La Chartreuse de Parme"), since their publication in 1830 and 1839 respectively. Part 1 offers a selection of extracts from well-known and representative 19th-century responses to these works, while part 2 presents a cross-section of critical discussion since 1945. The introduction gives an overview of this reception (including during the period 1900-1945) and highlights aspects of the two novels which have given rise to particular controversy. Constituting the major part of the volume, part 2 consists of chapters, articles, essays, or book extracts from some of the leading critics who have written on Stendhal during the last 50 years. The principles of selection have been, first, to reproduce "classic" statements of critical position which have influenced subsequent discussion of the novels and, second, to illustrate the main literary-theoretical perspectives from which Stendhal and world literature in general have been viewed in recent decades. The order of presentation is largely chronological, and French, British, German and American writings all finds itself represented.
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Introduction - "Letters to a friend"; "The Red and the Black" - topicality and realism, plausibility and representation; "The Charterhouse of Parma" - mirror or myth?, psychoanalysis and story-telling; perspectives. Part 1 Nineteenth-century views: 1831 - Balzac's response to "The Red and the Black"; 1832 - from Stendhal's own draft review of "The Red and the Black"; 1840 - from Balzac's review of "The Charterhouse of Parma"; 1854 - Sainte-Beuve on "The Red and the Black"; 1864 - Hippolyte Taine on characterization and style; 1880 - Emile Zola on Stendhal the psychologist; 1882 - Paul Bourget on Standhal and "The Red and the Black"; 1892 - Emile Faguet on "The Red and the Black" and "The Charterhouse of Parma". Part 2 Modern readings: "realism" - Erich Auerbach on "The Red and the Black", Georges Blin on realism and point of view; thematic criticism - Jean-Pierre Richard on Stendhal's "imaginary universe"; existentialism and Marxism - Victor Brombert on freedom in "The Charterhouse of Parma", Pierre Barberis on politics in "The Charterhouse of Parma"; structuralism and language - Shoshana Felman on "madness" and "intoxication", Michel Crouzet on language and silence; psychoanalysis and narratology - Roland Barthes on "The Charterhouse of Parma", Peter Brooks on "The Red and the Black"; feminism and gender criticism - Carol Mossman on "The Red and the Black"; readers and representation - Ann Jefferson on reading "The Red and the Black", Christopher Prendergast on the ethics of verisimilitude.

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