Giuseppe Sciara

Prejudices die hard: The slow rediscovery of Germaine de Staël's political thought in the last forty years

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Keywords: Mme De Staël; Political Thought; Liberalism; Gender Studies and Cultural Studies; French Studies.

This article focuses on the slow rediscovery of Germaine de Staël's political thought in the studies of the last forty years: after a century and half of oblivion, since the late 1970s and 1980s some French authors start to point out the political importance of her works and to analyze especially her "Des circonstances actuelles" and her "Considérations sur la Révolution française", emphasizing the liberal elements of her theory. In the USA since the same years scholars study Staël from a different perspective, namely that of gender and cultural studies, which mostly leave aside her political thought. Only in recent years Staël's political thought finally starts to be valued in monographs and wide-ranging works.

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