Color Symbolism in the Works of Stendhal:
Le bleu et le vert
Most studies to date concentrate on Stendhal’s color symbolism to convey a specific meaning in Le Rouge et le Noir. This study shows that a distinctive pattern of color symbolism in Stendhal’s works is apparent, and that it serves as a fil conducteur in unifying the characters and the events in Stendhal’s fiction. The analysis starts with Stendhal’s nonfiction writings because his journals and correspondence reveal his sensitivity to colors and because his autobiography serves as a touchstone to the elaboration of his color symbolism. The examination of Stendhal’s fiction shows a sequential color clustering starting with an emphasis on black and white and then moving on to Armance, which is Stendhal’s first attempt at deploying his complete color palette. The analysis of these works by Stendhal further demonstrates that blue and green, when paired, represent the ideal in Stendhal’s distinctive color palette.
“ ... Dr. Cheryl Hansen[‘s] remarkable and entirely original insights into the role of color in the writings of Stendhal served as the basis for [this work] … In my prior experience in reading and teaching Stendhal, I had repeatedly been struck by Stendhal’s frequent allusions to color, especially the fact that he had used color designations in the titles or tentative titles of several of his works, but I did not regard it as being essential to a full appreciation of Stendhal’s character and writings until Dr. Hansen developed her concept of a color code operating at several levels in Stendhal’s works.” – (from the Preface) Professor Richard J. Cummings, University of Utah
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Preface by Richard J. Cummings
ISBN10: 0-7734-5611-2 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5611-2