Mme Necker wanted her daughter educated according to the principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and endow her with the intellectual education and Calvinist discipline instilled in her by her pastor father. The family returned to the Paris region in , and Mlle Necker continued to write miscellaneous works, including the three-act romantic drama Sophie and the five-act tragedy, Jeanne Grey Then, she reasoned, he would always be around for her. It took place on 14 January in the Swedish embassy at 97, Rue du Bac ; Germaine was 20, her husband
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Shelves: historical-novels-europe , french-literature , historical-novels , romance , history , classics , philosophy , travel , tragedy The very basic story line is Corinne who is the consummate artist, intellectual and the toast of Rome goes on an extended "date" with Lord Nelvil the indecisive whom Corinne feels understands her and is her equal.
This date is a tour which covers several Italian cities. In the meantime they go to a few parties and fall in love.
Germaine de Stael was a child of the neo-classical age, the last s and early s and it shows in this novel. Corinne, or Italy is a reflection of that age when intellectuals reminisced about the glories of ancient Rome and the Renaissance. I can see Corinne in my imagination in the outfit of a neo-classical lady. The cover art is also how I would imagine her. That the author, Germaine de Stael, was a woman of letters and a historian shows in this novel.
Her ideals brought her into conflict with Napoleon, and she had to go into exile. Looking at the character of Corinne, I see Madame de Stael writing as a proto-feminist.
But her type of feminism is totally alien to what is here now. In Corinne, she promotes the idea of a woman attaining a higher self and level of thought through learning, beauty, art, music, history, and philosophy.
Corinne, or Italy
Antefatto[ modifica modifica wikitesto ] Sul finire del XVIII secolo un giovane nobile scozzese, Lord Oswald Nelvil, vive un momento di acuta depressione dopo la perdita del padre, avvenuta quando egli si trovava in Francia, in una condizione che scontentava il genitore e che, egli presume, sia stata causa accelerante della sua dipartita. Viene a sapere che la donna si chiama Corinna e riesce a farsi notare da lei. Corinna adorata dagli italiani illustrazione di G. Tra i due pesano anche i rispettivi segreti, sul misterioso passato di Corinna e sul motivo che ha portato Lord Nelvil in Italia. Insieme visitano Tivoli , dove Corinna ha una sua villa di campagna, e qui Lord Nelvil, nello splendore rigoglioso della campagna romana, vorrebbe infine dichiarare il suo amore e chiedere in sposa la ragazza, ma lei lo frena ricordandogli che essi non hanno ancora sciolto i nodi dei rispettivi segreti.
Corinna o l'Italia
Germaine de Staël