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Madame de StaëlThe Dangerous Exile$
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Angelica Goodden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238095.001.0001

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A Quick Trip from Coppet

A Quick Trip from Coppet

(p.203) 7 A Quick Trip from Coppet
Madame de Staël

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Staël travels via Austria and Eastern Europe with Schlegel and her children; they enter Moscow as the last Westerners to see the old city intact before it is destroyed by fire. The Muscovites fête her (though Pushkin writes with some irony about her stay there), but she quickly moves on to St Petersburg. All the time she is gathering material for what will become Dix Années d'exil, probing national character, investigating the nature of Russian culture, discussing politics, and finally meeting Tsar Alexander. She remains unable to dissociate travel from her purpose as a writer, welcoming culture shock on account of the fresh vision it brings her despite her taste for all things French: to write, she says, she has to see with new eyes. She moves on to Sweden.

Keywords:   Austria, Schlegel, Russia, Moscow, Pushkin, St Petersburg, Dix années d'exil, Alexander, culture shock, Sweden

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