The World of George Sand

The World of George Sand

The World of George Sand

The World of George Sand

Synopsis

Bringing together a variety of critical approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives, this work reflects the continuing vitality and breadth of George Sand scholarship around the world. It creates a broad framework for exploring Sand's literary works and the impact of specific issues such as politics and sexual identity, as well as the writer's relationships to her contemporaries and the society in which she lived.

Excerpt

The Seventh International George Sand Conference, held at the home institution of the Friends of George Sand, Hofstra University, on October 16-18, 1986, brought together scholars from all corners of the United States as well as from European and Asian countries. We are proud to offer in this volume a collection of essays that represents "The World of George Sand." These efforts give testimony to the steadfastness of our organization on this tenth anniversary of its inception.

After ten successful years, the Friends of George Sand look forward to providing a forum for further studies of Sand's works, life, and influence. Ongoing scholarship will continue through biennial conferences and symposia. The ensuing publications of the conference proceedings and the journal George Sand Studies will provide an additional vehicle for scholars.

The proceedings of the 1986 George Sand Conference opened with two special addresses, by Henri Peyre and Marilyn French, which link George Sand and her world to the world around her, from her contemporary surroundings to the present. The twenty-eight conference papers and an excerpt from Alex Szogyi original play Dialectic of the Heart compose the body of the proceedings. They fall loosely into seven main categories: The Rustic Novels, Lettres d'un voyageur, Autobiography, Texts and Ideology, Political Affinities, Sexual Politics, and George Sand's Contemporaries. The wide range of topics reflects the breadth of scholarship demonstrated at the Seventh International George Sand Conference as well as the wealth of inquiry open to Sand scholars today. The numerous nationalities of the contributors also bear witness to the worldwide interest in George Sand studies that continues to grow in academic centers. It is also gratifying that this volume includes the work of newcomers and young scholars alongside the contributions of well-established sandistes. We are confident that this collection of essays advances George Sand studies and will prove useful for future work on the Berrichon author.

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