Water Imagery in George Sand’s Work

This collection of essays highlights the importance of water imagery in the work of the renowned nineteenth-century French female author George Sand. It provides a complex picture of the polyvalent presence of water in Sand’s work that encompasses life and death imagery, ecocriticism, fluid kinship, homosocial ties, and artistic creativity.

Drawing on Gaston Bachelard’s premise that the substance of water carries deep meaning, the articles in this volume explore the element of water and its symbolism in a selection of George Sand’s writings and art work, from her most famous novels (Indiana, Lélia, and Consuelo) to her later works, short stories, plays, and autobiographical writing (Teverino, Jean de la Roche, Les Maîtres sonneurs, La Reine Coax, L’Homme de neige, Le Drac, Un Hiver à Majorque, Marianne), and dendrite paintings.

Françoise Ghillebaert is Professor of French at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus. Her research focuses on 19th century French literature, particularly George Sand. She is the author of Disguise in George Sand’s Novels (2009) and her most recent publications include the article “La déambulation champêtre dans Consuelo, La Comtesse de Rudolstadt de George Sand, moteur de recherche identitaire” in Women in French (2018), a textbook for the teaching of French conversation, Face-à-Face (2017), and an annotated edition of Sand’s theater plays Flaminio and Marguerite de Saint-Gemme in Œuvres complètes, under the direction of Béatrice Didier (2019).

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ISBN: 1-5275-1579-6

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-1579-6

Release Date: 11th October 2018

Pages: 368

Price: £64.99