Germaine de Staël General Commentary - Essay

General Commentary

(Feminism in Literature)

SOURCE: Moers, Ellen. "Mme de Staël and the Woman of Genius." The American Scholar 44, no. 2 (spring 1975): 225-41.

In the following essay, Moers maintains that Corinne is as much a guidebook to Italy as it is a guide to the woman of genius.

I am not used to Hope—It might intrude upon—Its sweet parade—blaspheme the place—Ordained to Suffering—
It might be easier To fail—with Land in Sight—Than gain—My Blue Peninsula—To perish—of Delight—

Of all the books that have had a special meaning for gifted women, Mme de...

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