Eugénie et Mathilde by Madame de Souza

Edited by Kirsty Carpenter

Critical Texts 26

Modern Humanities Research Association

1 June 2014  •  236pp

ISBN: 978-1-907322-13-6 (paperback)  •  RRP £14.99, $19.99, €17.99

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The purpose of this book is to make available to scholars and students the most important of Madame de Souza’s novels in a way that the French Revolution or political context could be fully understood alongside the literary and social references within the text.

This novel was written at the height of Madame de Souza’s writing career, and was received with acclaim from those who had experienced emigration, by Parisian society generally and by the European literary elite of the time. Eugénie et Mathilde is very well suited to critique and study by students of French as it has a style and plot that illustrate the transition from the epistolary novel of the eighteenth century to the third-person style of the nineteenth century.

This edition provides a text which should sit alongside Madame de Staël’s Corinne as one of the most provocative novels of the period because it questioned the moral foundations of family and society without attracting censorship. This in itself was a more major achievement than is initially apparent to the reader who is unfamiliar with the subtleties of Napoleonic censorship.

Kirsty Carpenter is Senior Lecturer in History at Massey University.

Reviews:

  • ‘I will be including Souza’s novel in my courses and am grateful to scholars such as Kirsty Carpenter for making these obscure but important texts available.’ — Antoinette Sol, Modern Language Review 111, 2016, 553 (full text online)
  • ‘Kirsty Carpenter’s edition of Madame de Souza’s 1811 novel ... contributes to the rediscovery, understanding and appreciation not just of a writer too often considered as a minor author, but also of an overlooked period in the history of French literature, between the Revolution of 1789 and the first Napoleonic campaigns (1798–1800s).’ — unsigned notice, Forum for Modern Language Studies 51, 2015, 87-88
  • ‘Réjouissons-nous donc que Mme Carpenter nous ait restitué ce roman parfaitement oublié, qui se trouve être, à la relecture, un des textes les plus lucides de son époque.’ — Paul Pelckmans, Dix-huitième siècle 47, 2015, 645-46
  • ‘"a valuable resource for students, professors, and researchers interested in the history of the French Revolution, eighteenth-century society, women's studies, or the development of literary genres in France."’ — Theresa Kennedy, New Zealand Journal of French Studies 36, 2015, 161-62

Contents:

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Front Matter
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Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements
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1-21
Introduction
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22-28
Select Bibliographical Information
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[Illustrations]
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Eugénie Et Mathilde, Ou Mémoires De La Famille Du Comte De Revel: Tome I
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Tome II
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Tome III
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Back Matter
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Bibliography entry:

Carpenter, Kirsty (ed.), Eugénie et Mathilde by Madame de Souza, Critical Texts, 26 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014)

First footnote reference: 35 Eugénie et Mathilde by Madame de Souza, ed. by Kirsty Carpenter, Critical Texts, 26 (Cambridge: MHRA, 2014), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Carpenter, p. 47.

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Bibliography entry:

Carpenter, Kirsty (ed.). 2014. Eugénie et Mathilde by Madame de Souza, Critical Texts, 26 (Cambridge: MHRA)

Example citation: ‘A quotation occurring on page 21 of this work’ (Carpenter 2014: 21).

Example footnote reference: 35 Carpenter 2014: 21.

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