Revolution and Revolt in Stendhal's Lamiel

Unlike Julien Sorel, whose revolt is generally given socio-historic significance, the heroine of Stendhal's Lamiel has aroused interest principally because of the morality – or otherwise – of her behavior. However, Lamiel's opposition to the established order can also be shown to have an underlying political significance. By considering her actions and attitudes in a more historical and political context, and by comparing her behavior in this regard with that of the other main characters, we may arrive at a more complete understanding of Lamiel's "revolt." This will further allow us to reconsider the evolution of Stendhal's own thinking in this domain. (JNWS)
West-Sooby, John
Volume 1993-1994 Fall-Winter; 22(1-2): 90-99