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Revoir Paris après l’Empire. Les désenchantements de l'ultime retour dans la correspondance de Germaine de Staël

Abstract : Germaine de Staël's last years were both fruitful and painful. Fruitful, because they are the ones in particular where she ends the Considérations sur les principaux événements de la Révolution française, a major work that appears posthumously, as a kind of intellectual and political testament. Painful, because de Staël, wandering, sick, only breaks the chains of ten years of exile to enter into a wounded freedom: what freedom in France whose spirit has been degraded by Napoleon? how to endure separation from the beings she loves? In these years a new relationship to space and time was established, a new understanding of emotional life as well as politics: from a situation of exile, it moved on to an ontology of return. In this respect, his personal destiny resonates with the collective feelings of the emigrants who return to France; it also resonates with two other issues, since the end of the Empire marks the return of the Bourbons to Paris, and the return of the island of Elba opens onto the legendary, as it marks the repetition of History. This question haunts the last years of G. de Staël's correspondence. This article shows how these letters are haunted by the thought of return, in a polar tension between the aspiration for rebirth and the confrontation with deleterious repetition.
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Roulin Jean-Marie. Revoir Paris après l’Empire. Les désenchantements de l'ultime retour dans la correspondance de Germaine de Staël. Cahiers staëliens, Société des études staëliennes, 2019, p. 131-146. ⟨halshs-02414951⟩

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