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Histoire D'eleonore de Parme
     

Histoire D'eleonore de Parme

by Richard Bolster (Editor), Keith Cameron (Director)
 

In 1810, Stendhal read the sentimental novella Histoire d’Eléonore de Parme, whose anonymous author was certainly a woman.  His interest in English Gothic literature was aroused when such novels became popular in France after the Revolution.  Can it be asserted that Stendhal took inspiration from this novella when he wrote La

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In 1810, Stendhal read the sentimental novella Histoire d’Eléonore de Parme, whose anonymous author was certainly a woman.  His interest in English Gothic literature was aroused when such novels became popular in France after the Revolution.  Can it be asserted that Stendhal took inspiration from this novella when he wrote La Chartreuse de Parme?  The cultural affinity between the two texts is certain, and there are significant similarities between the two narratives.  Stendhal told Balzac he had a real model for the characters of Sandrino and Clélia, but it is probable he did not take inspiration from life, but rather from the fictional Eléonore.
 
This is Volume XCVIII in the series Exeter French Texts/Textes littéraires.  It includes an introduction, select bibliography and essential notes, all in French.

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MLR

“Scholars working on French-British interchange of the period, or French women's writing, will want to read Richard Bolster's account of the overwhelming influence of English literature on French during the post-Revolutionary thirty years, and the sheet impact of novels written by women for women in both countries.” –MLR, 93-3, 1998

Modern Language Review

“ . . . interesting reading not only for Stendhalians. Scholars working on French-British interchange of the period, or French women's writing, will want to read Bolster's account of the overwhelming influence of English literature on French during the post-Revolutionary thirty years, and the sheer impact of novels written by women for women in both centuries.” –Modern Language Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780859895361
Publisher:
University of Exeter Press
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
University of Exeter Press - Exeter French Texts Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.20(d)

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Richard Bolster is Senior Lecturer in French, University of Bristol.

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