Corinne, or Italy

  • Title: Corinne, or Italy
  • Author: Germaine de Staël Sylvia Raphael
  • ISBN: 9780199554607
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Corinne or Italy 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 literature and art of Italy Stael the subject of recent fem
    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, literature and art of Italy Stael, the subject of recent feminist rediscovery, weaves discreet political allusion into her romance, and upon its publication Napoleon renewed her order of exile Sylvia Raphel s new translation preserveCorrine, or Italy, 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 Stael, the subject of recent feminist rediscovery, weaves discreet political allusion into her romance, and upon its publication Napoleon renewed her order of exile Sylvia Raphel s new translation preserves the natural character of the French original, while the notes and introduction place this extraordinary work of European Romanticism in its historical and political context About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum 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, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .

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    About Germaine de Staël Sylvia Raphael


    1. Anne Louise Germaine de Sta l Holstein 22 April 1766 14 July 1817 , commonly known as Madame de Sta l, was a French woman of letters of Swiss origin whose lifetime overlapped with the events of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era She was one of Napoleon s principal opponents Celebrated for her conversational eloquence, she participated actively in the political and intellectual life of her times Her works, both critical and fictional, made their mark on the history of European Romanticism.


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    1. Madame de Stael's second novel Corinne (1806), which 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, Delphine (1802), which dared advocate divorce (forbidden under the Code Napoleon). When Corinne came out, he banned the author from all o [...]

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    2. Despite the idea behind this novel seeming to be interesting, I simply couldn't 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.

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    3. 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 insomnia. 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.

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    4. Gorgeous, sumptuous, dripping with equal parts irony and Romanticism. I wish I'd had this book to console me during my first breakup.

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    5. My story of Corinne begins with my college experience of Literary Women, by Ellen Moers, and her dedication of an entire section to DeStael's book, entitled Performing Heroinism: The Myth of Corinne. 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 early-19th-century book to be an essential contribution to the history of western Europe's early female authors. She c [...]

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    6. 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 [...]

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    7. Potential readers beware: the first 200-300 pages of Corinne are basically just a long travel guide to Italy, and particularly Rome. 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 [...]

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    8. Le grand historien Christopher Duggan offre un interpretation de Corinne dans "The Force of Destiny" qui a radicalement changer ma maniére de voir ce roman. D'après Duggan la protagoniste n'est pas Corinne mais l'Italie dont Corinne est l'incarnation. Je présente alors l'interpretation de Duggan qui a l'avantage de transformer un roman d'amour insipide en allégorie politique percutanate.Le roman commence avec Lord Nelvil qui decide de faire un séjour en Italie. Dans l'allegorie, Nelvil est [...]

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    9. Corinne was once called the worst great novel, and it's rather true. The biggest drawbacks are the plot and the characters, both of which are pretty insipid and suffer too much from the cult of romanticism (I love novels of the period, but enough with all the tremblings and faintings and weeping fits already). The "hero" especially is insufferably bigoted and sexist, yes I know different times and all; but his bemoaning the fact that the woman he loves isn't timid and retiring and actually enjoy [...]

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    10. A book I would dearly have liked to edit--it would have been much better if it lost about half its length. I grew tired of waiting for the heroine to stop complaining about her lost love and die already (and the hero to stop fainting). However, I did read it for my research and not necessarily for entertainment.

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    11. FINALLY!!!! I don't know when the last time it was that it took me over a month to read a book. Not a major fan of this book. The characters got on my nerves, the story was slow and the plot almost inexistant in the first half of the novel. I had to read this one for my 19th cent British lit class, and will probably never read it again!

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    12. Blurgh. I honestly can't think of a single thing that I liked about this book. So slow as to be almost painful and the characters were ridiculous to a fault. Never have I wanted to throw a book against the wall so many times.

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    13. This novel, which is both love story and de Staël's homage to Italy, is a long exploration of a cultural clash between two lovers, one from England and one from Italy. It explores cultural nuance, the role of women in two cultures, and the danger of falling in love with someone not within your own culture. The main characters, Nevil and Corinne, are both heroes in their own cultural contexts but incompatible with each other's cultural ideals. The two learn about and navigate each other's lives, [...]

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    14. По мне, слишком много драмы. Наверное, есть люди, которые чувствуют и переживают гораздо глубже, но здесь мне все кажется слишком преувеличенным. Я оцениваю то, что роман представляет нам картину нравов того времени, но мне трудно понять, что мужчина может быть таким, как Осв [...]

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    15. Amazing. Make this book huge again.

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    16. I have been told that this is a proto feminist novel, though navigating this character I could not understand how. Is it just by virtue of her instituting her own doom that she can be seen as an early incarnation of the modern feminist? This book is one of those where the melodrama plagues the context to a point where the novel is just stripped to its language and the gestures, it no more is about plot or trajectories. This is seen in the descriptions of geography that span chapters. Lord Nelvil [...]

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    17. Il y en a qui traversent la Mediterranée avec Homère, ou le Moyen-Orient avec la Bible. Moi, je suivrai ce livre à travers l'Italie. J'ai relu le chapitre de Florence avnt de partir pour Florence, mais elle n'y a pas fait grand chose, parce qu'elle sombrait dans le désespoir. Mais nous avons contemplé les portes d'airain dans la piazza del Duomo, et nous nous sommes émerveillés devant le Sacré Coeur.

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    18. I think the book would have easily gained another star if only Lord Nelvil would shut up and wander off into a quiet corner to die. What Corinne ever saw in him escapes me. Still, this is a very good example of an 18th/early 19th century novel and I happen to really like that sort of thing so three stars.

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    19. This book bugged me. I got tired of all the pontificating as (not so) veiled descriptions of Italy vs. England (Scotland really). I realize that this was the point of the book, but it was annoying to me all the same. The one thing of the book I appreciated was all the desciptions of Rome and Italy in general.

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    20. i don't know how to feel about this novel. it is certainly an accomplishment, but reading it was physically painful (seemed to give me a headache every time i picked it up)-- so so slow and incredibly frustrating.

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    21. A great story from start to finish. A perfect sketch of the careful situation of a 'powerful' woman who lives under the dictates of class and the behaviors of those who dare not alter the rules. Beautifully sad, evocative of the richness of life, and the struggle for love in death.

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    22. I meanhonestly Corrine. You could have done so much better than Oswald. (This book describes Italian paintings a lot but has plenty of ~deeper meaning~ as per my prof)

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    23. Found on this list of forgotten classics.

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    24. set it aside for now

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    25. oh madame de stael -- the drama!

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    26. I will have to think this one through for a while, but as my rating shows, I loved it.

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    27. Volume 1 (of 2)Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

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    28. Tragic tale of a genius whose brilliance expires when she's forsaken for a hot blonde. *shakes fist at men*Corrine's correct about the English. Their culture is a coffin.

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