George Sand's Impact on two Czech Women Writers, the Rottová Sisters

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2020). George Sand's Impact on two Czech Women Writers, the Rottová Sisters (In Press). In: Women’s Writing and the East-West Connections within Europe: Visualizing the Channels. Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi

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George Sand is the author of two historical studies on the Bohemian (Hussite) Wars, and of two novels which take place largely in Bohemia, all works written between 1842–1844. Czech intellectuals of that time reacted quickly and positively to Sand’s attention to Czech history, characters and landscapes. Two women writers, in particular, do not spare their praise for Sand’s genius: the two Rottová sisters, known under the pen names of Karolina Světlá (1830–1899) and Sofie Podlipská (1833–1897). The admiration of Podlipská culminates in her translation into Czech of Sand’s two “Czech” novels, as well as in a long essay devoted to Sand. Her sister Karolina Světlá, meanwhile, refers several times to Sand in her memoirs; it was Světlá who was the source of the apocryphal story that Sand made an incognito visit to Bohemia shortly before writing her “Czech” novels. This article examines the impact exerted by the French novelist on the two Rottová sisters’ literary production.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

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Fournier Kiss, Corinne


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 840 French & related literatures
400 Language > 440 French & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures






Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

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04 Jun 2020 15:56

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05 Dec 2022 15:38




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