Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny w Siedlcach

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early French Romanticism
Germaine de Staёl
functions of fiction


The article explores the importance and functions of fiction, identified by the
French writer Germaine de Staёl at the turn of the 19th century: the importance of
the interaction between philosophy and literature, the possibility of the moral
improvement of a person through art, the specifics of the development of the
novelistic genre, and strengthening psychologism in the literary text. In her treatises
On Literature considered in its relation to Social Instructions and in Essay
on Fictions, Germaine de Staёl anticipated many aspects of interdisciplinary research
that are of current relevance: the mutual influence of fiction and historical
science, philosophy, and psychology.