Approaches to Teaching Stendhal’s The Red and the Black
- Editors: Dean de la Motte, Stirling Haig
- Pages: xii & 189 pp.
- Published: 1999
- ISBN: 9780873527484 (Paperback)
- ISBN: 9780873527477 (Cloth)
“The book is a valuable teaching tool and a pleasure to read as well. It contains a wealth of information and a variety of critical approaches conveniently gathered in a single source that normally would have to be extracted from many scattered documents. . . . [This] book provides a solid overview of the problems and pleasures related to reading Stendhal’s novel.”
“A novel is a mirror moving along a highway,” writes Stendhal in The Red and the Black, his chronicle of French Restoration politics, class, and society on the eve of the July Revolution of 1830. “One minute you see it reflect the azure skies, next minute the mud and puddles on the road.” Stendhal’s defense of his work and the widely taught novel in which it appears set forth two problematic topics for students: literary realism (and its limitations) and the presentation of history in literature. The editors of this volume focus on how best to address these questions in courses on French literature, world literature, European intellectual history, comparative literature, and more.