Sudarsan Rangarajan to publish two articles examining Stendhal's 'Le rouge et le noir'

by Michelle Saport  |   

Sudarsan Rangarajan, associate professor of French and coordinator of the French program at UAA, recently had two articles accepted for publication.

"The Poetics of the Hand in Le Rouge et le noir" will appear in The French Review Volume 91.2. Using Heidegger, the essay examines the different functions of the hand in Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir (The Red and the Black) (1830), focusing on the following aspects: the thinking hand; the hand as instrument of will; the speaking hand, and the writing hand or the hand of protection and betrayal.

Another article, titled "Sons of Abusive Fathers and Their Bildung: Le Rouge et le noir and Une vie de Boy," will appear in Dalhousie French Studies Volume 108. This intertextual, postcolonial study of Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir (1830) and the Cameroonian author Ferdinand Oyono's Une vie de boy (1956) examines the dialectics of power in the Hegelian master-servant relationship. Using Frantz Fanon, the study shows how the dialectic is articulated differently in colonial Africa, and affects the protagonist's education and growth in Oyono's novel.

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