Writing the Landscape
Exposing Nature in French Women's Fiction 1789–1815

Christie Margrave

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

23 April 2019  •  306pp

ISBN: 978-1-781887-04-2 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781884-35-5 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

ISBN: 978-1-781884-36-2 (JSTOR ebook)

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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.

Christie Margrave is a Lecturer in French at the Australian National University.

Reviews:

  • ‘The book is meticulously researched and packed with critical responses from a variety of different fields, showing Margrave’s interdisciplinary intentions. This book opens the door for yet more focused work to be carried out on this understudied yet highly formative period in French literary and social history.’ — Stacie Allan, Modern Language Review 115.2, 2020, 470-71 (full text online)
  • ‘Writing the Landscape’s strengths lie in its close literary analyses of lesser-known works by women... The book rightly calls our attention to a corpus of women’s writing that deserves more critical attention, and it renews our understanding of how - far from being insignificant green backdrops - landscape descriptions could serve as focal points within a novel.’ — Giulia Pacini, H-France 20, May 2018, no. 77

Contents:

i-vi
Writing the Landscape: Writing the Landscape
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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xi-xi
Abbreviations, Quotations and Translations
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xii-xii
List of Illustrations
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1-42
Introduction: A Landscape of One’s Own
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43-79
Chapter 1 Landscapes of Love and Liberty: Debates Regarding Marriage
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80-116
Chapter 2 Landscapes of Loss: Communicating Maternal Grief and Guilt
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117-165
Chapter 3 Landscapes of Rebellion: Natural Madhouses
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166-202
Chapter 4 Landscapes of Autonomy and Escape: Female Power in Death
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203-243
Chapter 5 Writing the Landscape: the Ossianic North and the Debate Over Women’s Writing and Education
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244-262
Conclusion: Reclaiming A Space For Women’s Writing
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263-282
Bibliography
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283-294
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Margrave, Christie, Writing the Landscape: Exposing Nature in French Women's Fiction 1789–1815 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Christie Margrave, Writing the Landscape: Exposing Nature in French Women's Fiction 1789–1815 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Margrave, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Margrave, Christie. 2019. Writing the Landscape: Exposing Nature in French Women's Fiction 1789–1815 (Cambridge: Legenda)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Margrave 2019: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Margrave 2019: 21.

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