Eaux courantes, sublime et passion dans Jean de la Roche

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2018). Eaux courantes, sublime et passion dans Jean de la Roche. In: Ghillebaert, Françoise; Vala, Madeleine (eds.) Water imagery in George Sand’s work (pp. 85-108). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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In George Sand’s novel Jean de la Roche (1859), water at first seems to be only a descriptive element corresponding to the geographical reality of the Auvergne region. Nevertheless, a closer look reveals that only certain types of waters are treated in the novel: stagnant waters are passed over in silence whereas flowing and dynamic waters are closely described in order to give the landscapes a sublime dimension. Water is not simply a component of the scenery but has an essentially diegetic function: the water motif plays concurrently the role of a structuring agent, generating substance, hermeneutical tool, and above all, of the driving
force of the plot. In its materiality, water accompanies, expresses, emphasizes, conveys, or anticipates the finest nuances of Jean’s passion for Love as the many aquatic metaphors confirm, which can often be read as true metadiscursive commentaries.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Fournier Kiss, Corinne


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




Cambridge Scholars Publishing




Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

Date Deposited:

04 Jun 2020 16:33

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:38

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13-ISBN: 978-1-5275-1579-6





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