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Emphase. Madame de Staëls Improvisation und die Trunkenheit der Rede


Naumann, Barbara (2008). Emphase. Madame de Staëls Improvisation und die Trunkenheit der Rede. In: Strässle, Thomas; Zumsteg, Simon. Trunkenheit: Kulturen des Rausches. Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi BV, 129-152.

Abstract

Conversation is one of the poetical and cultural key concepts in the writings of Mme de Staël. Departing from the contemporary understanding of the term, she outlines the conversational act as an essentially transgressive praxis that surpasses a classical canon of social, aesthetic, and linguistic norms. Highlighting a broad variety of musical, sensual, and pre-semantic aspects of language, she insists on the informal dynamics of conversation. To a certain extent, Mme de Staël claims, all conversation is improvisation, and it is within improvisation that she locates (and welcomes) the trigger of unsuspected twists and turns, the spirited, the emphatic, and even drunken quality of verbal and non-verbal exchange. The paper discusses the development of this concept in Mme de Staël's major novel, Corinne ou l'Italie. It argues that this novel is one of the first to delineate conversation as transference, shifting the focus of attention from the realm of intentionality to non-thematic qualities of communication.

Abstract

Conversation is one of the poetical and cultural key concepts in the writings of Mme de Staël. Departing from the contemporary understanding of the term, she outlines the conversational act as an essentially transgressive praxis that surpasses a classical canon of social, aesthetic, and linguistic norms. Highlighting a broad variety of musical, sensual, and pre-semantic aspects of language, she insists on the informal dynamics of conversation. To a certain extent, Mme de Staël claims, all conversation is improvisation, and it is within improvisation that she locates (and welcomes) the trigger of unsuspected twists and turns, the spirited, the emphatic, and even drunken quality of verbal and non-verbal exchange. The paper discusses the development of this concept in Mme de Staël's major novel, Corinne ou l'Italie. It argues that this novel is one of the first to delineate conversation as transference, shifting the focus of attention from the realm of intentionality to non-thematic qualities of communication.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
430 German & related languages
410 Linguistics
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
Language:German
Date:2008
Deposited On:31 Dec 2009 08:52
Last Modified:18 Feb 2018 11:16
Publisher:Editions Rodopi BV
Series Name:Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik
Number:65
ISSN:0304-6257
ISBN:978-90-420-2323-9
OA Status:Closed
Official URL:http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=ABNG+65
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