Approaches to Teaching Sand's Indiana

Approaches to Teaching Sand's Indiana

by David A. Powell, Pratima Prasad

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Indiana, George Sand's first solo novel, opens with the eponymous heroine brooding and bored in her husband's French countryside estate, far from her native Île Bourbon (now Réunion). Written in 1832, the novel appeared during a period of French history marked by revolution and regime change, civil unrest and labor concerns, and slave revolts and the abolitionist movement, when women faced rigid social constraints and had limited rights within the institution of marriage. With this politically charged history serving as a backdrop for the novel, Sand brings together Romanticism, realism, and the idealism that would characterize her work, presenting what was deemed by her contemporaries a faithful and candid representation of nineteenth-century France.

This volume gathers pedagogical essays that will enhance the teaching of Indiana and contribute to students' understanding and appreciation of the novel. The first part gives an overview of editions and translations of the novel and recommends useful background readings. Contributors to the second part present various approaches to the novel, focusing on four themes: modes of literary narration, gender and feminism, slavery and colonialism, and historical and political upheaval. Each essay offers a fresh perspective on Indiana, suited not only to courses on French Romanticism and realism but also to interdisciplinary discussions of French colonial history or law.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603292115
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: Approaches to Teaching World Literature , #137
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 232
File size: 641 KB

About the Author

David A. Powell is professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra University. He is the author of While the Music Lasts: The Representation of Music in the Works of George Sand and has published critical editions of Jacques and Indiana. His articles on Sand have appeared in Études littéraires, Romantic Review, and George Sand Studies; he has also published chapters in George Sand: Intertextualité et polyphonie, George Sand: Une écriture expérimentale, George Sand: Pratiques et imaginaires de l'écriture, Novel Stages, George Sand: Écritures et représentations, Présences de l'Italie dans l'œuvre de George Sand, and L'empire des signes. He has also published on nineteenth-century French literature, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Québécois literature, representations of music in literature, and queer theory, as well as on musical resonances in Verlaine's and Mallarmé's poetry. His current project is on queer narrative strategies in early-nineteenth-century novels.

Pratima Prasad is associate professor of French at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the author of Colonialism, Race, and the French Romantic Imagination and the editor, with Susan McCready, of Novel Stages: Drama and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France. Selected articles and essays include "Intimate Strangers: Interracial Encounters in Romantic Narratives of Slavery" (in L'Esprit Créateur); "L'insularité, 'l'indigénisme' et l'inceste dans Paul et Virginie" (in L'autre en mémoire [ed. Laporte]); "Contesting Realism: Mimesis and Performance in George Sand's Novels" (in XIX: Journal of the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes); "Espace colonial et vérité historique dans Indiana" (in Etudes littéraires); "Uncovering Narrative Convention in Sand's Lélia" (in George Sand Studies); "Displaced Performances: The Erotics of George Sand's Theatrical Space" (in Romance Notes); and "Deceiving Disclosures: Androgyny and George Sand's Gabriel" (in French Forum).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 Materials

Editions and Translations of Indiana 3

French Editions

English Translations

Note on Bibliographic Notations in the Volume

Background Readings 4

French History

Literary History

Colonial History

Biographies 7

Studies of Indiana 8

Part 2 Approaches

Introduction 13

History and Geography

Teaching Historical Myth and Memory in Indiana Lauren Pinzka 18

Creole Emancipation: Indiana and French Colonial Slavery Carolyn Vellenga Berman 26

Wandering in the Text: Spatial Approaches to Teaching Indiana Patrick M. Bray 34

Teaching the Geography of lie Bourbon in Colonial Context Margaret E. McCalley 40

Contextual Layers: Teaching the Historicity of Sands Indiana (1832) James Smith Allen 47

Owning People; Human Property in Indiana Peter Dayan 54

Race, Femininity, and Masculinity

Reading Race in Indiana Doris Kadish 63

Teaching Race, Class, and Slavery in Indiana Véronique Machelidon 72

Subversion of a Stereotype: The Tragic Mulatta in Indiana Molly Krueger Enz 81

Indiana Debutante Isabelle Hoog Naginski 90

Indiana between Men: Narration and Desire in George Sands Novel Aimée Boutin 102

One or Several Ralphs: Multiplicity and Masculinity in Indiana Charles J. Stivale 109

Masculinity and the Peformance of Narrative Authority Nigel Harkness 118

Comparative Perspectives

Indiana and the Literary Island: Enlightenment Ideals, Nineteenth-Century Ironies Kathrine Bonin 127

Codes Visible and Invisible: A Law and Literature Approach to Indiana Lynn Penrod 135

Teaching Indiana in English Françoise Massardier-Kenney 144

Literary Contests

Character Study: The Art of the Literary Portrait in Indiana Christopher Bains 158

The Melodramatic World of Indiana John T. Booker 168

Performing Sandy's Pedagogical Project in Indiana Shira Malkin 177

Romantic Realism in Indiana Allan H. Pasco 185

Ending with Indiana: Romance, Piomanticisim the Novel Margaret Waller 193

Notes on Contributors 201

Work Cited 205

Index 217

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