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Madame de Staël: The Dangerous Exile

Angelica Goodden


This book describes Staël's life in exile as the crucial experience shaping her literary and political identity. It relates her inner, private exile as an oppressed and thwarted woman in a society with restrictive and conventional norms of decorum to the outer, public exile of one who suffered banishment as a result of daring to criticize authoritarian regimes. This tension made her a living paradox in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. A member of the downtrodden sisterhood who longed to be politically active, but knew that her sex excluded her in practical terms from the world stage, sh ... More

Keywords: Staël, exile, proper lady, private life, public life, Napoleon, political novel, Romanticism, Byron, Fanny Burney

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199238095
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angelica Goodden, author
Fellow and Tutor, St Hilda's College, Oxford
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