By Pipelet, ; Salm-Reifferscheidt-Dyck, Constance-Marie ((de)); Pipelet, Pipelet; Hine, Ellen McNiven
Principally forgotten throughout the moment half the 19th century and all through lots of the 20th century, Constance de Salm (Constance-Marie de Théis, Mme Pipelet de Leury, later Princess de Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck,) ultimately attracted the eye of such students as Elizabeth Colwill, Geneviève Fraisse, Huguette Krief, and Christine Planté within the early twenty-first century. although, there has thus far been no finished examine of her released works, her massive correspondence, and the significance of her cultural exchanges. during this booklet, Ellen McNiven Hine contributes to the hot upsurge of curiosity within the literature of this relatively turbulent interval in French historical past. This booklet considers not just her literary aspirations and declare to reputation but additionally such subject matters as her contribution to the medical tradition of the interval, the level of the political involvement of a «non-activist» girl, her problem to what she observed as inequitable provisions within the Civil Code, her championing of women’s development in literature and the humanities, and the position that networking and patronage performed in her own existence. additionally, the research highlights the similarities and modifications among her existence, writing, and impact and people of different postrevolutionary ladies comparable to Mary Wollstonecraft, Germaine de Staël, Margaret Somerville, and Louise Colet.
Constance de Salm makes use of quite a few genres to deal with problems with specific significance to girls, reminiscent of equivalent entry to academic possibilities, the fee to women’s health and wellbeing of copy, and absence of monetary assets for unmarried and widowed ladies. She monitors a stunning modernity in her information of the trouble of resolving dating, profession, and motherhood difficulties that proceed to plague girls within the twenty-first century and issues to a destiny during which girls may have entry to academic and employment possibilities
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41. Aglaé Laya was the widow of Jean-Louis Laya (1761–1833), later married to Achille Comte. Jean-Louis Laya was the author of L’Ami des lois (Paris: Maradan, 1793). 1 A number of different attempts to address Sapho’s story of love, despair, talent, ambition, fame, and sacrifice, all themes of loss and misfortune that would appeal to a nascent romantic taste, occurred in the second half of the eighteenth century. In 1781, for example, Poésies de Sapho, were published in London. There, Sapho was described as ‘cette femme non moins étonnante par son génie que par son caractère,’ and also as someone who ‘née avec un caractère doux et un coeur tendre, aime la gloire et les plaisirs; son amour pour les muses s’élève audessus de tous les revers,’ a comment which encapsulates the three main areas of interest—her suffering, her unconventional love life, and her genius.
Nicolas Ponce takes up the same theme in an undated letter to Constance, which begins with his asking her what she thinks of both the form and the content of Mme de Staël’s writing. 52 Though neither Théremin nor Ponce specifies in these letters which of Mme de Staël’s ‘idées brillantes’ or ‘raisonnements faux’ they either accept or repudiate, it is clear that she is open to criticism for both her writing style and her thought processes. 55 In his description of Delphine, Sainte-Beuve also comments on the ‘naturalness’ of Mme de Staël’s novel, charging that it shares some of the flaws of La Nouvelle Héloïse.
11. ’ I am indebted also to Dr. Karl Emsbach, Conference on Constance de Salm, 10/11/2001, for highlighting many of these biographical details. Such early success also exposed her to envy and ridicule. The word ‘pipelette’ was coined from her surname and meant someone who was given to gossip and empty chatter. The use of the term was calculated to silence her and belittle her discourse. , Women in Culture and Society Series, Catharine R. Stimpson ed. 132. See Barbara Corrado Pope, ‘Revolution and Retreat: Upper-class Frenchwomen after 1789,’ in Women, War and Revolution, Carol Berkin and Clara Lovett eds.