Nie-całkiem-realizm: emancypacyjna poetyka powieści George Sand

Katarzyna Nadana-Sokołowska


Not entirely realistic: Emancipatory poetics of George Sand's novels

The article recalls George Sand as a writer whose works, especially those of the 1830s and 1840s, inspired the development of a democratic European society. It shows how Sand's involvement in the democratization of post-revolutionary France is intertwined with the poetics of her prose. The author introduces the term ‘not-entire realism’ to describe Sand's writing, which at the same time consciously uses and transcends the poetics of contemporary realism, introducing into the novel the idealization of chosen protagonists and fabulous or idyllic motifs in the creation of the novel world. On the example of selected works, the article discusses common features of typical Sand's characters. They are both idealized (noble, selfless, generous, compassionate, and ready to help) and idealists, dreaming of a better, more equitable social world, who believe that social commitment is consistent with the true message of the Gospel. The article also demonstrates how idyllic space in Sand’s fiction becomes a utopian sphere in which people from different social strata meet and integrate as equals.

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