A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana

Gärtner J (2022)
In: Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism. Gärtner J, Wilckens MS (Eds); Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur, 043. Köln: Böhlau Verlag: 111-132.

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Gärtner, Julian; Wilckens, Malin Sonja
Abstract / Bemerkung
This contribution examines ‘race’ in George Sand’s novel Indiana through comparisons to plants and slavery. French abolitionism of the time develops specific practices to observe, narrate and compare. Sand’s novel presents a comparative social analysis of French aristocratic society and plantation society on La Réunion, formerly known as Île Bourbon. Through a narrative of conjugal love, the narration examines the continuity of colonial power in gender relations. Comparisons to plants as well as to slavery are closely tied to colonialism: not only do they explore the erotic and exoticizing aspects, but rather they speak to the social and ethnic dimensions of colonial ties that culminate in a ‘race’ struggle. George Sand’s narration can be understood as a social experiment. Comparing is used as a counter-practice against hegemonic power. However, it is a practice that is hardly un-biased and can be reappropriated by hegemonic forces and thus the abolition of power relation fails.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Buchtitel
Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism
Serientitel
Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur
Band
043
Seite(n)
111-132
ISBN
978-3-412-52416-6
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2960741

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Gärtner J. A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana. In: Gärtner J, Wilckens MS, eds. Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism. Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur. Vol 043. Köln: Böhlau Verlag; 2022: 111-132.
Gärtner, J. (2022). A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana. In J. Gärtner & M. S. Wilckens (Eds.), Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur: Vol. 043. Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism (pp. 111-132). Köln: Böhlau Verlag. https://doi.org/10.7788/9783412524180
Gärtner, J. (2022). “A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana” in Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism, Gärtner, J., and Wilckens, M. S. eds. Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur, vol. 043, (Köln: Böhlau Verlag), 111-132.
Gärtner, J., 2022. A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana. In J. Gärtner & M. S. Wilckens, eds. Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism. Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur. no.043 Köln: Böhlau Verlag, pp. 111-132.
J. Gärtner, “A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana”, Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism, J. Gärtner and M.S. Wilckens, eds., Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur, vol. 043, Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 2022, pp.111-132.
Gärtner, J.: A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana. In: Gärtner, J. and Wilckens, M.S. (eds.) Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism. Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur. 043, p. 111-132. Böhlau Verlag, Köln (2022).
Gärtner, Julian. “A Sentimental Science: Comparisons to Plants and Slavery in George Sand’s Indiana”. Racializing Humankind: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Practices of ‘Race’ and Racism. Ed. Julian Gärtner and Malin Sonja Wilckens. Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 2022.Vol. 043. Beiträge zur Geschichtskultur. 111-132.

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