George Sand’s Impact on Two Czech Women Writers, the Rottová Sisters

Fournier Kiss, Corinne (2023). George Sand’s Impact on Two Czech Women Writers, the Rottová Sisters. In: George Sand. The Sun and her Planet (pp. 133-149). Varsovie: Instytut Badań Literackich

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George Sand is the author of two historical studies on the Bohemian (Hussite) Wars, and two novels set largely in Bohemia, all four 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, did not spare their praise for Sand’s genius: the Rottová sisters, known under the pen names Karolina Světlá (1830–1899) and Sofie Podlipská (1833–1897). Podlipská’s admiration culminated in her translation into Czech of Sand’s two ‘Czech’ novels, as well as in a long essay devoted to her. Her sister, meanwhile, refered 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 Rottová sisters’ literary production.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


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
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures




Instytut Badań Literackich




Corinne Ingrid Fournier Kiss

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22 Apr 2014 15:17

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10 Mar 2024 00:05

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George Sand, Karolina Světlá, Sofie Podlipská, reception, Bohemia


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