Corinne, Or Italy

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 422 pages
Corinne, or Italy (1807) is both the story of a love affair and Madame de Stael's homage to the landscape, literature, and art of Italy. The Scottish peer Lord Nelvil is torn between his passion for the beautiful Italian poetess Corinne and respect for his dead father's wish that he should marry Lucile, a traditionally dutiful English girl. His choice leads to tragedy for Corinne and a seared conscience for himself. Madame de Stael weaves discreet French Revolutionary allusion and allegory into her novel. It stands at the birth of modern nationalism and 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 is complemented by notes and an introduction which sets an extraordinary work of European Romanticism in its historical context.

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We start by meeting Oswald. Oswald it mopey and depressed. He is a sad sack. He sees Corinne and falls in love with her. She is smart, talented and beautiful. A very big, long chunk of the book is a ... Read full review

Contents

Oswald
5
Corinne at the Capitol
21
Corinne
36
Rome
49
Tombs churches and palaces
76
Italian customs and character
88
Book vir Italian literature
109
Book vill Statues and pictures
129
Lord Nelvils story
202
Vesuvius and the Naples countryside
225
Corinnes story
243
The farewell to Rome and the journey to Venice
264
Departure and absence
293
Corinne in Scotland
320
The stay in Florence
346
Oswalds return to Italy
363

The peoples festival and music
156
Holy Week
167
Naples and the hermitage of San Salvatore
187
Conclusion
387
Mme de StaŽls Notes
405
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John Isbell is Assistant Professor of French at Indiana University.

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