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Den sentimentala romanen och kampen för medborgarskap: Rousseaus Julie och Staëls Delphine
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2009 (Swedish)In: Sjuttonhundratal: Nordic Yearbook for Eighteenth-Century Studes, ISSN 1652-4772, Vol. 2009, 22-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The tragic fates of a great number of women in sentimental novels of the eighteenth century can be viewed against the background of classic liberal theory. They provide examples of how individual freedom and restraint in the name of the common good can be reconciled. Faced with the impossible choice between a life guided by the principle of love and that of virtue, women often choose self-sacrifice as a means of preserving a sense of individuality in the face of the demands of public universality. The epistolary novels, Julie ou La nouvelle Héloïse (1761) of Jean Jacques Rousseau and the Delphine (1802) of Germaine de Staël, present two rather different treatments of this problem. Rousseau´s Julie is a woman whose unquenchable desire transforms her into a prototype of female unreliability not worthy of societal recognition. Staël´s Delphine, in turn, unmasks a ruthless and unpricipled society which prohibits her from becoming its full-fledged member.

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Sällskapet för 1700-talsstudier, Sverige och Finska sällskapet för 1700-talsstudier , 2009. Vol. 2009, 22-39 p.
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sentimental novels, epistolary novels, Germaine de Staël, Jean Jacques Rousseau
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26838OAI: diva2:274292
Available from: 2009-10-27 Created: 2009-10-27 Last updated: 2012-04-18Bibliographically approved

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