The Literary Existence of Germaine De Staël

The Literary Existence of Germaine De Staël

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Against the wishes of her parents and the traditions of upper-class French society, Germaine de Staël (1766?1817) struggled to be accepted as a serious writer. At a time when ladies wrote a little poetry and small stories, Staël insisted on writing about politics and philosophy.

 

In an effort to abide by the rules of her society, she wrote in two styles?that of a woman and that of a man?but as Charlotte Hogsett points out, Staël’s ef­forts to write as a man could not disguise the woman behind the pen. Hogsett treats both the expository and fictional works in the Staël canon. The male canon reflects her respect for Rousseau and Chateaubriand; the female, her own courage and intelligence, for there was no one to emulate. Hogsett provides a vivid analysis of Staël’s maturation as both woman and writer.


Against the wishes of her parents and the traditions of upper-class French society, Germaine de Staël (1766?1817) struggled to be accepted as a serious writer. At a time when ladies wrote a little poetry and small stories, Staël insisted on writing about politics and philosophy.

 

In an effort to abide by the rules of her society, she wrote in two styles?that of a woman and that of a man?but as Charlotte Hogsett points out, Staël’s ef­forts to write as a man could not disguise the woman behind the pen. Hogsett treats both the expository and fictional works in the Staël canon. The male canon reflects her respect for Rousseau and Chateaubriand; the female, her own courage and intelligence, for there was no one to emulate. Hogsett provides a vivid analysis of Staël’s maturation as both woman and writer.



Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, ©1987
ISBN: 9780585106656
0585106657
9780809313877
0809313871
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 197 pages)

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