Marie Louise Germaine Stael, Madame. Corinne Ou L'Italie. Paris: Firmin Didot, 1871. Krown & Spellman retail: $50. 8vo. 495pp. Polished red patterned calf, gilt rule, extra gilt spine, edges marbled, endpapers marbled. Engraved portrait of Mme. Stael. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    "In the nineteenth century, female liberty and Italian liberty become synonymous. Madame de Sta'l's 1807 novel, Corinne ou l'Italie, stands out as perhaps the earliest, and most evocative, equation between the feminine and Italy, their common political repression and liberation. In this article, I argue that even in Corinne, female liberty and national liberty are fundamentally at odds. Corinne makes explicit the tension between the idea of female liberty, and a national ideal of the self-abnegating or "social" qualities of "woman", and the masculinity of nineteenth-century bourgeois notions of national emancipation and national identity." [Glenda Sluga]

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