Madame de Staël in Goethe's Weimar 1803-04

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Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Madame de Staël’s visit to Weimar, the capital of German classicist culture, forms a significant encounter in the early history of cross-national appreciation, with insightful perspectives on entrenched French and German poetic positions and far-reaching ramifications for a subsequent re-evaluation of European cultural affairs. The core of the visit consisted of her meetings with Goethe (and Friedrich Schiller), an extraordinary sequence of events, because a lady of the world (“Weltfrau”, Goethe, Annalen “1804”, manuscript 1822, published in 1830) and a world power in her own right got acquainted with the famous German poet. Indeed, to use Thomas Carlyle’s phrase, their encounter “rises beautifully in the …

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Hoffmeister, Gerhart. "Madame de Staël in Goethe's Weimar 1803-04". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2010
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  1. Comparative Literature, Reception, Influences
  2. European Romanticism