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Germaine de Staël’s Réflexions sur le procès de la reine : an act of compassion?

Cabak Rédei, Anna LU (2019)
Abstract (Swedish)
In the foreword to the Mercure de France edition of Réflexions sur le procès de la reine, (1996 [1820, 1793]), Chantal Thomas, French historian and writer, writes that this apology in favour of Marie-Antoinette did not help the queen nor the author herself; on the contrary it only made the latter more unpopular. So why did Germaine de Staël write it? Mme de Staël and Marie-Antoinette did not share many interests; however, at the moment of The Women's March on Versailles in October 1789, the situation had changed. It was at this moment, when Mme de Staël witnessed people’s hatred for the Queen that she for the first time felt that she was on her side. She had the feeling that the Queen would be a victim to a public opinion that had been... (More)
In the foreword to the Mercure de France edition of Réflexions sur le procès de la reine, (1996 [1820, 1793]), Chantal Thomas, French historian and writer, writes that this apology in favour of Marie-Antoinette did not help the queen nor the author herself; on the contrary it only made the latter more unpopular. So why did Germaine de Staël write it? Mme de Staël and Marie-Antoinette did not share many interests; however, at the moment of The Women's March on Versailles in October 1789, the situation had changed. It was at this moment, when Mme de Staël witnessed people’s hatred for the Queen that she for the first time felt that she was on her side. She had the feeling that the Queen would be a victim to a public opinion that had been “manipulated” (Thomas 1996: 12) in a systematic way, and to which she herself had been a victim. Pursuing some ideas formulated by William Reddy (2001) and Martha C. Nussbaum (2001) in their work on emotion and empathy in history and philosophy respectively, I hope to offer some suggestions, with the aid of cultural semiotics. More specifically I hope to be able to provide some answers to the question whether Mme de Staël’s apology might be regarded as an act of compassion. (Less)
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Germaine de Staël, cultual semiotics, history culture, empathy, Marie-Antoinette, France
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Semiotica
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Sonesson, Göran ; Cabak Rédei, Anna ; Lenninger, Sara ; ; and
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13 pages
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Mouton de Gruyter
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English
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yes
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ebd1ed4c-fa1c-4ce8-b77d-127aa0dc2222
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2019-04-15 15:21:36
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  abstract     = {In the foreword to the Mercure de France edition of Réflexions sur le procès de la reine, (1996 [1820, 1793]), Chantal Thomas, French historian and writer, writes that this apology in favour of Marie-Antoinette did not help the queen nor the author herself; on the contrary it only made the latter more unpopular. So why did Germaine de Staël write it? Mme de Staël and Marie-Antoinette did not share many interests; however, at the moment of The Women's March on Versailles in October 1789, the situation had changed. It was at this moment, when Mme de Staël witnessed people’s hatred for the Queen that she for the first time felt that she was on her side. She had the feeling that the Queen would be a victim to a public opinion that had been “manipulated” (Thomas 1996: 12) in a systematic way, and to which she herself had been a victim. Pursuing some ideas formulated by William Reddy (2001) and Martha C. Nussbaum (2001) in their work on emotion and empathy in history and philosophy respectively, I hope to offer some suggestions, with the aid of cultural semiotics. More specifically I hope to be able to provide some answers to the question whether Mme de Staël’s apology might be regarded as an act of compassion. },
  author       = {Cabak Rédei, Anna},
  editor       = {Sonesson, Göran  and Cabak Rédei, Anna  and Lenninger, Sara },
  keyword      = {Germaine de Staël,cultual semiotics,history culture,empathy,Marie-Antoinette,France},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {13},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter},
  title        = {Germaine de Staël’s Réflexions sur le procès de la reine : an act of compassion?},
  year         = {2019},
}