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Corinne Fournier Kiss

Eliza Orzeskowa’s reception of George Sand: : crossed reading of La Petite Fadette (Sand) and Dziurdziowie (Orzeszkowa)


It is a leitmotif of George Sand’s reception in Poland during the 19th century that Sand was more famous because of her personality than because of her art. The literary influence she may have had on Polish women writers is not an issue that has ever been seriously examined. Eliza Orzeszkowa was called the "Polish Sand" by her German and even Polish contemporaries, yet this did not imply that any similarity between their works was thought to exist: the reference to Sand was simply meant to stress Orzeszkowa’s talent and literary productivity.

An attentive reading of Orzeszkowa’s works (of her novels as well as of her critical texts and her correspondence) shows nevertheless that she knew Sand’s writings very well and appreciated them. In this paper, I will focus on a comparative reading of La petite Fadette by George Sand and Dziurdziowie by Eliza Orzeszkowa – two works whose main protagonist is a young woman treated as a witch by her village community.

AsK, September 2012

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