L'esprit de liberté
Germaine de Staël & Benjamin Constant20 may 2017 - 1 october 2017
2017 marks a double anniversary, the bicentenary of Germaine de Staël’s death (Paris, 14 July 1817) and the 250th anniversary of Benjamin Constant’s birth (Lausanne, 25 October 1767).
This commemoration offers the ideal opportunity to highlight the remarkable work and tumultuous life of this pair, one of the most famous couples in the literary and political history of the French-speaking world. Pioneers of romanticism and liberalism, precursors of intimate writing, opponents of Napoleon, and major proponents of modernity and cultural diversity, Germaine de Staël and Benjamin Constant played a decisive role in the intellectual life of their time, the dawn of the 19th century.