Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation

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Germaine de Staël: Forging a Politics of Mediation

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2011:12


December 6th, 2011

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Author, political activist and salonnière, Germaine de Staël has become the focal point of groundbreaking research in women’s studies, in performing arts, and in language/translation theory. In this multidisciplinary volume, a team of scholars concentrates on the vast range of her political and cultural engagements, both during and after the French Revolution.
In this collection of studies, which examine issues as diverse as citizenship, immigration, abolition or constitutional liberalism, Staël’s stance as a champion of moderation against the perils of extremism and polarization comes clearly to the fore. Contributors shed new light on the Groupe de Coppet, the circle of which she was the heart, and on the cosmopolitan networks she created within and beyond Europe. Other articles underline and reassess Staël’s formative influence on national cultures distant in space and time, redefining her Italianism in Corinne ou l’Italie, analysing the British reception of her Considérations and exploring the impact of De l’Allemagne on American intellectual life.
Germaine de Staël: forging a politics of mediation highlights Staël’s pioneering place in the history of global interaction. She emerges as a truly modern thinker as well as an agent of multicultural exchange.

‘This volume with its extensive bibliography is an absorbing and timely addition to Staël scholarship and will appeal to a broad readership through its impressive sweep of writings’.
- H-France Review

The collection, made up of seventeen contributions by an impressive number of established Staël scholars, […] helps to give the measure not only of Staël’s own intellectual achievements but also of the scale of her imaginative and analytical work that has come to be needed to bring their various interlocking dimensions back into full historical view.
- French Studies

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Half Page2
Title Page4
Copyrights Page5
KARYNA SZMURLO, Introduction22
I. Revolutionary engagements42
MARIE-ÈVE BEAUSOLEIL, Germaine de Staël as political activist: print, privacy and opinion in the French Revolution (1789-1799)44
PAUL S. SPALDING, Germaine de Staël’s role in rescuing Lafayette, 1792-179756
CATRIONA SETH, Germaine de Staël and Marie-Antoinette68
DORIS Y. KADISH, Patriarchy and abolition: Staël and fathers84
CARRIE F. KLAUS, The ‘French’ and the ‘foreign’ in works by Germaine de Staël, Isabelle de Charriére and Cornélie Wouters100
CHINATSU TAKEDA, On a liberal interpretation of the French Revolution: Mme de Staël’s Considérations sur la Révolution française112
AURELIAN CRAIUTU, Moderation and the Groupe de Coppet130
SUSAN TENENBAUM, Turning honour on its head: Germaine de Staël’s indictment of Napoleon146
JEAN-MARIE ROULIN, Ontology and the politics of return in Germaine de Staël158
II. In space and time: cultural cross-currents172
ANN T. GARDINER, From group to traveller’s network: thoughts on reconfiguring sociability in Germaine de Staël174
CLORINDA DONATO, Against Coppet’s Italie: Ugo Foscolo’s engaged Italian Romanticism196
ROBERT CASILLO, Staël, Stendhal and the reputation of the modern Italians214
PAOLA GIULI, Poetry and national identity: Corinne, Corilla and the idea of Italy234
NANORA SWEET, Staël the poet: recuperating Italy254
ULRIKE WAGNER, From words to worlds: De l’Allemagne and the transnational recasting of the ancient past268
ERIC GIDAL, Conversation and censorship: De l’Allemagne and the British reviews284