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- DescriptionThis book deals with the important and hitherto neglected relationship between the works of Stendhal and Plutarch s Parallel Lives. Stendhal s readings of Plutarch are shown to inform his literary representations of Revolution and Empire, Restoration and Orleanism, as well as his theorizations of Romanticism. In particular, the Plutarchan concept of Parallel Lives is used to analyse one of the major themes of Stendhal s writing: the self-construction of individual identity, whether (auto)biographical or fictional, by means of the emulation (as distinct from the imitation) of heroic exemplars. As a consequence, the balance between irony and idealism often identified by critics in Stendhal s work is shown rather to be an imbalance, weighted in favour of an idealism derived from Plutarchan conceptions of heroism, particularly as they are represented in the Lives of Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Born in 1970, Francesco Manzini studied History and Modern Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford. He then researched his Ph.D. in the Department of French at University College London, where he is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow working on various aspects of nineteenth-century French literature and political thought.
- Author(s)Francesco Manzini
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/03/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleRomanticism and After in France/Le Romantisme et Apres en France
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight670 g
- Width140 mm
- Height220 mm
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