Corinne by Madame De Stael
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Corinne by Madame De Stael

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'Look at her, she is the image of our beautiful Italy.' Corinne, or Italy (1807) is both the story of a love affair between Oswald, Lord Nelvil and a beautiful poetess, and an homage to the landscape, literature and art of Italy. On arriving in Italy, Oswald immediately falls under Corinne's magical spell as she is crowned a national genius at the Captitol. Yet, on returning to England, he succumbs to convention and honours his late father's wish by marrying the dutiful English girl, Lucile, despite having learned that Corinne is Lucile's Italian half-sister. Corinne dies of a broken heart and Lord Nelvil is left with a seared conscience. Stael weaves discreet French Revolutionary political allusion and allegory into her romance, and its publication saw her order of exile renewed by Napoleon. Indeed, the novel stands as the birth of modern nationalism, and introduces to French usage the word 'nationalitie'. It 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 the edition is complemented by notes and and introduction which serve to set an extraordinary work of European Romanticism in its historical and political contexts. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199554607
ISBN-10: 0199554609
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 130mm x 22mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Madame De Stael

Ten Years' Exile by Madame De Stael Ten Years' Exile, Hardback (June 2000)

The powerful memoir of Germaine de Stael's tumultuous years as a prominent politically active woman in Napoleonic Europe. Translated by an award-winning scholar, it is a strong-minded, passionate woman's personal and political journal, published to mark the bicentennary of Napoleon's rise to power.

Major Writings of Germaine De Stael by Madame De Stael Major Writings of Germaine De Stael, Paperback (October 1992)

Considered the foremost woman intellectual of the Romantic period, Germain de Stael achieved an influence on European culture through the force of her fiction and critical writings. This volume makes a representative sample of her work available to English-speaking readers.

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Author Biography - Madame De Stael

John Isbell is Assistant Professor of French at Indiana University.

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