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George Sand, Digging

  • Claire White
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

In the final part of her autobiography Histoire de ma vie [Story of my Life] (1854–55), George Sand provided a surprising take on her own career trajectory: she would, she claimed, rather have been a digger than a writer. This chapter takes as its point of departure Sand’s fleeting fantasy of a life of hard labour with a view to re-examining her reflections on the legitimacy and ethics of the writer’s vocation. Sand’s dream of class solidarity, achieved through shared physical work, is read alongside her defence of the worker-poet. The latter’s radical refusal of a prevailing social division of manual and intellectual labour provides, it is argued, a model of transgression that informs Sand’s own account of her work as writer.

Keywords

Charles Poncy Class Craft Digging Gender George Sand John Ruskin Metaphor Vocation Worker-poet 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claire White
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  1. 1.Girton CollegeUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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