Writing the Landscape:Exposing Nature in French Women’s Fiction, 1789-1815

Margrave, Christie (2019) Writing the Landscape:Exposing Nature in French Women’s Fiction, 1789-1815. Legenda (MHRA & Maney Publishing). ISBN 978-1-781887-04-2

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Women novelists were among the most popular authors of the First Republic and First Empire, yet they are frequently overlooked in favour of their canonical male counterparts. Their penchant for sentimental novels has led some later critics to take their writing at face value as apolitical and domestic, at odds with France's violent convulsions. Furthermore, their carefully crafted presentation of natural settings has, thus far, been dismissed completely. Yet, as Christie Margrave shows, the natural landscape was far from being a casually chosen backdrop for writers such as Cottin, Genlis, Krüdener, Souza and Staël. Rather, the 'escape into nature' given to their female protagonists was a means to expose and confront the everyday reality and emotional suffering faced by women in the Revolutionary decade and Napoleonic Empire. By highlighting self-expression, and by celebrating the figure of the melancholic wanderer, the social misfit, or the visionary, in the setting of an often tempestuous Nature, they also exerted substantial influence on the literary Romanticism which was soon to capture the European imagination.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: eighteenth century,nineteenth century,french literature,women's writing,landscape,nature,gender
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2022 09:08
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2022 09:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/85996

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