Approaches to Teaching Balzac’s Old Goriot

  • Editor: Michal Peled Ginsburg
  • Pages: xi & 203 pp.
  • Published: 2001
  • ISBN: 9780873527590 (Cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780873527606 (Paperback)
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“The volume is extraordinarily well-conceived and scrupulously organized. The editor has done an excellent job of recruiting well-known, respected scholars and of integrating them into a framework that addresses an audience of instructors from a wide range of fields in the humanities.”

—Kevin McLaughlin, author of Writing in Parts: Imitation and Exchange in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Old Goriot is not only the most read of Balzac’s works but also one of the most commonly taught of all French novels. This collection of essays, as the editor says, offers “fresh interpretations that reflect on and revise the critical tradition.” It thus conveys a sense of what Balzac’s realist novel may mean to students and teachers more than a hudred and fifty years after its first publication.