Stendhal's Violin: A Novelist and His Reader

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Stendhal lets his readers experience in the act of reading what his protagonists experience in the act of living, argues this original, well-written study about the relationship between novelist and reader. Novels discussed include Armance, Le Rouge et le Noir, Lucien Leuwen, and La Chartreuse de Parme.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158516
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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The Queen's College, Oxford
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Table of Contents

Note on references XV
I. The Mirror And The Violin 1
1. Joining the Happy Few 3
2. Comedy and the novel 19
3. Story-telling 25
II. Galety And Tenderness In Armance: The Reader Empowered 39
1. Tragedy and comedy 41
2. By steam and sail 60
III. Time And Imagination In Le Rouge Et Le Noir: The Reader as Tourist 67
1. The chronicle 69
2. Arrival in Verrieres: illusion and disillusion 76
3. 'Une chose presente': the use of the present tense 85
4. Anticipation and flashback 95
5. The passage of time 102
6. Perspective 108
7. The ambivalent narrator 114
8. Prospects 122
9. Pistol-shots 135
10. Retrospect 143
IV. Sincerity And Identity In Lucien Leuwen: The Reader in Question 157
1. Text, context and choice of genre 159
2. 'Exercices de style' 175
3. Role and identity 185
V. Reason And Romance In La Chartreuse De Parme: The Reader Enchanted 203
1. The miraculous novel 205
2. 'Circonstances romanesques' 215
3. 'Particularites reelles' 225
4. Choices 245
VI. Taking A Bow 255
1. Lamiel 257
2. Reverie 266
Bibliography 277
Index 291
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