Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein commonly known as Madame de Staël, was a French .. Mme. de Staël as her character Corinne (posthumously). Madame de Staël turned to fiction, the field in which she achieved renown with Delphine () and Corinne, ou l’Italie (). The first of. Corrine, or Italy, is both the story of a love affair between Oswald, Lord Nelvil, and a beautiful poetess, and an homage to the landscape.
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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Corinne, or Italy is both the story of a love affair and Madame de Stael’s homage to the landscape, literature, and art of Italy. The Scottish peer Lord Nelvil is torn between his passion for the beautiful Italian poetess Corinne and respect for his dead father’s wish that he should marry Lucile, a traditionally dutiful English girl.
His choice leads to tragedy for Corinhe, or Italy is both the story of a love affair and Madame de Stael’s homage to the landscape, literature, and art of Stale.
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His choice leads to tragedy for Corinne and a seared conscience for himself. Madame de Stael weaves discreet French Revolutionary allusion and allegory into her novel. It stands at the birth of modern nationalism and is also one of the first works to put a woman’s creativity centre stage. Sylvia Raphael’s new translation preserves the natural character of the French original and is complemented by notes and an introduction which sets an extraordinary work of European Romanticism in its historical context.
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Lists with This Book. Jun 26, Helynne rated it it was amazing. Madame de Stael’s second novel Corinnewhich takes place mostly in Italy but also in Scotland, infuriated Napoleon because Stael dared to ignore France and suggest that French writers had something to learn from the artistic milieu of Italy and from an intellectually superior heroine.
The Emperor had already banned Stael from Paris for her first novel, Delphinewhich dared advocate divorce forbidden under the Code Napoleon.
When Corinne came out, he banned the author from all Madame de Stael’s second novel Corinnewhich takes place mostly in Italy but also in Scotland, infuriated Napoleon because Stael dared to ignore France and suggest that French writers had something to learn from the artistic milieu of Italy and from an intellectually superior heroine.
When Corinne came out, he banned the author from all of France, which temporarily broke her heart, but never her spirit. The title character in Corinne is a gifted, independent woman who is at once actress, dancer, poet and artist. She loves and is loved by a man who ultimately maadme marry her because she is too independent, and after many twists and turns of the plot, marries Corinne’s younger half-sister instead. The ending of the novel, which I will not reveal, is a heart-wrenching tribute to both feminism and Romanticism.
In typical Romantic fashion, Madame de Stael and Corinne both possess a dual complex–a notion of personal superiority that is coupled with the near-paranoid fear that no one–or at least the people who really matter–would corijne or appreciate this superiority. Corinne was simply ahead of her time, which is why we 21st-century readers may love her even more than did her contemporaries who had to read of this phenomenal heroine on contraband pages and in secret.
Great novel with a fascinating history! Jul 02, Tracey rated it it was ok Shelves: Despite the idea behind this novel seeming to be interesting, I simply ,adame make myself really care about the characters to invest much effort with this one. A story of Oswald, choosing the safe choice of submissive, malleable less passionate woman over the sensitive, creative, energy consuming independent thinking woman who he really loves.
Too much emotion and not enough real living for my tastes. Apr 18, Corinne McNab added it Shelves: I bought this book purely out of vanity My name is on the cover.
I tried to read it, but nearly dislocated my jaw yawning. If anything, this was great for my kadame. Maybe I’ll pick it up again when I’m a little bit older, more of an intellectual, or just plan out of anything else to read. Mar 27, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gorgeous, sumptuous, dripping with equal parts irony and Romanticism. I wish I’d had this book to console me during my first breakup. Apr 03, Sheila rated it really liked it. My story of Corinne begins with my college experience of Literary Womenby Ellen Moers, and her dedication of an entire section to DeStael’s book, entitled Performing Heroinism: The Myth of Corinne.
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I’ve finally, through the miracle of online publishing, been able to see for myself that which was so rigorously discussed in her book. As a researcher, Moers found Madame DeStael’s earlyth-century book to be an essential contribution to the history of western Europe’s early female authors. She c My madwme of Corinne begins with stasl college experience of Literary Womenby Ellen Moers, and her dedication of an entire section to DeStael’s book, entitled Performing Heroinism: She cites its direct coinne over Eliot, Barrett, Chopin, and even American author Beecher, etc; and presents its protagonist as THE archetype of the performing heroine a female celebrity of talentinfluencing many 19th century novels, including: Women authors of the time, Moers asserts, found an intriguing and kindred spirit in the character of Corinne – with her overwhelming “need to please, to captivate, to impress”, and thus “enchant and subjugate the world”.
As a re of fact, I’m wondering right now if the precocious and pathetic Maggie, from The Mill on The Flosswas not an Eliot extrapolation – twisted and turned in upon itself – of the character of Corinne, as a woman of genius, if she had grown, only to wither, in the social mores of Britain cprinne than spending her formative years in her native country of Italy; or if she had actually acted on her impulse to return to live in the country of her father.
All of Moers’ observations atael in spite of her own feelings about Corinne, or Italy ; she personally finds the book to be overwhelmingly silly and melodramatic and struggles to take it seriously. So I came to Corinne with a certain amount of prejudice, after spending 25 years with an author who staunchly steal its surface ridiculousness.
I was a bit surprised, then, to have my eyes opened through my own experience with the book. I found it to be, actually, in truthsurprisingly close to the heart. In thought and in action.
In the artistic impulse. Is the setup forced? Is the dialogue unnatural? Corinne’s continuous rambling discourse to Oswald about everything Italian, national history to national psychology to national politics, becomes wearing after a while – even though I understand this setup is to reinforce the concept of “naturalness” and “darkness” of Corinne and Italy, in opposition to the stifling social atmosphere of Britain at the same time.
De Stael is not the only author, we know, to have gone to that well, in contrasting rainy, monotone England as-a-whole, to the sun-drenched, colorful Italy as-a-whole. It also shows off the depth of knowledge that DeStael must have had about both countries she was incredibly educated, especially for a woman of her time. This is the greatest preventable tragedy of all, in my own personal book of observation and experience.
So these kinds of stories affect me the most. Corinneultimately, was that kind of story. And De Stael nailed it perfectly, despite the melodrama and the staging, and despite the lapse of years between her writing the story and my reading it. I don’t usually give 5 stars to a book unless it speaks to me and has something remarkable about it.
And this book gave me both. Madame de Stael’s writing can go to different lengths. From portraying with extreme the character’s inner turmoil to describing a monument or place with extreme detail in such a way that even your emotions towards the monument are evoked. Moreover her beauty in her writing also lies in her great wisdom of life, inserting passages in her story of great moral thought so I don’t usually give 5 stars to a book unless it speaks to me and has something remarkable about it.
Moreover her beauty in her writing also lies in her great wisdom of life, inserting passages in her story of great moral thought so much so that one does not feel they are deviating or delaying from the story but rather supporting the story and bring the story to a universal level.
Very impressed and touched by this book. I read it in Greek translation. I think that the most important thing about it is how a woman of the early 19th century managed to write a novel where the protagonist is such an extraordinary woman. The only other examples I know of that era, are the English novels of Austen and the Brontes and their heroines, no matter how powerful they are, do not enjoy even the least of freedom Corinna does. If you enjoy reading about all the antiquities of that fabled land, you may enjoy the long descriptions of columns and ruins and paintings and sculptures.
But I think most readers find these pages pretty boring. If you persist through, them, though, you will happen upon one of the most remarkable novels of the nineteenth century. Corinne, the heroine, is a woman of Potential readers beware: Corinne, the heroine, is a woman of a power and force that you will struggle to find elsewhere in nineteenth-century fiction. Her passions, as she says herself, are volcanic: La campagne de Naples est l’image des passions humaines: The Neapolitan landscape is the image of the human passions: Among the nineteenth-century books I’ve read, the only figure who matches her is Catherine Earnshaw.
Though perhaps Lady Delacour or Adeline Mowbray come close. But there are important differences.
Corinne is a symbol of beauty and sublimity. Her fiery deeds symbolise the highest hopes and possibilities of the human frame: The novel, as I say, starts very slowly.
Corinne has an air of mystery that starts staeel propel the narrative, and by the time she and her lover Oswald go to Naples, the story has begun to fly forward with all the energy you could wish. In an age of rampant populism and ugly nationalism, this is a necessary book. It disproves all the macame and shallow arguments against cosmopolitanism that you read in opinion columns.
It portrays human nature in all its grandeur and pettiness.
It is replete with the most beautiful, indeed the only kind, of liberalism: She was herself a Corinne, a woman whose wealth, charisma, intelligence and education allowed her to lead a truly free life such as few madwme of her time were able to. Like Corinne, she suffered exile, and was tossed about Europe on the high winds of history.