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Ann T. Gardiner (Germany, International University) The Gender of Fame: Remembering Santa Croce in Mme de Staël 's Corinne and Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage IV

This essay examines romantic debates about the gender of posthumous fame in Germaine de Stael's Corinne and Lord Byron's Childe Harold's Pilgrimage IV, focusing on their respective descriptions of the church of Santa Croce in Florence, where the tombs of Italy's greatest thinkers are found. A close reading of both passages offers an interesting entry into the literary reception of Corinne in Great Britain, particularly when Byron's paratextual note about the passing of de Stael is taken into account. I argue that both passages evoke the dilemma of the neglected writer in romantic-era society and that posthumous fame as such, linked with forgetting rather than with remembrance, is ultimately gendered female.


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