By Manon Mathias
The 1st examine of George Sand and imaginative and prescient, this ebook considers the pull among the visible and the visionary in nineteenth-century France via an exam of Sand's novels. With an intensive corpus starting from Sand's early texts via to her later, much less general works, it repositions Sand's oeuvre along that of the most important realist authors and demonstrates her specified realizing of the radical as a mixture of the concrete and the summary. through learning Sand's engagement with visible versions linked to realism--the replicate, the version of portray, and the clinical gaze--this ebook proposes a extra sustained discussion among Sand's paintings and realism than has hitherto been said, yet argues that Sand greatly reworks those types to depict a dynamic, mysterious and ever-changing international. while Sand has been learn as an writer bypassing fact in favour of the best, this examine indicates that she is dedicated to actual statement, yet that she always ties this strategy with the conceptual and the visionary. The booklet breaks new floor particularly by way of studying Sand's literary engagement with the visible arts, and it additionally deals the 1st sustained attention of Sand as a systematic author. via reading Sand's oeuvre from the point of view of imaginative and prescient, this learn not just reassesses Sand's writing perform, but in addition rethinks the kinfolk among the visible and the unconventional during this interval. extra particularly, it argues that Sand's paintings demanding situations our technique of theorizing those kinfolk. In her rejection of binaries and her syncretic knowing of imaginative and prescient, Sand breaks traditional different types and writes novels which are right now realist, visionary, mystical and scientific.
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521). Internal perception is presented as a euphoric, enlightening, and, importantly, a potentially creative experience. Similarly to the passage from Indiana, the description emphasizes dynamism and movement, and a speciﬁcally new form of existence, echoing the ‘autre terre’ of Indiana’s vision. Beyond their function as psychological forms of escape, the visions in Sand’s texts incorporate an ideological dimension, as they offer the opportunity of constructing an alternative to the prevailing order.
249, added emphasis). Indiana is writing to Raymon here in the letter where she rejects the structures of patriarchal society. Her image of the prevailing dominant powers scattered ‘comme des grains de sable’ preﬁgures the conclusion where the narrator’s reﬂections on the strange landscape of Bourbon draws attention to the processes of artistic creation. Only supernatural forces—‘les esprits de l’air et du feu’—would have been capable of creating the strange geological formations: ‘eux seuls ont pu entasser ces blocs effrayants, remuer ces masses gigantesques, jouer avec les monts comme avec des grains de sable’ (p.
Cette vue splendide, loin de jeter sa poétique inﬂuence dans ses rêveries, les rendait amères et sombres; alors elle baissait le store de pagne de raphia qui garnissait sa croisée, et fuyait le jour même, pour répandre dans le secret de son cœur des larmes âcres et brûlantes. (p. 253) The vocabulary of perception and the framing of the view draw attention to the act of looking, but the lowering of the blind evokes a closing eye, in a rejection of external reality. When Indiana moves beyond this enclosed space, however, and leaves the two male characters behind,62 she refashions the view in front of her: Elle allait, du haut de quelque piton accessible, cratère éteint d’un ancien volcan, regarder le soleil couchant qui embrasait la vapeur rouge de l’atmosphère, et répandait comme une poussière d’or et de rubis sur les cimes murmurantes des cannes à sucre, sur les étincelantes parois des récifs .
Vision in the novels of George Sand by Manon Mathias