When Clouds Sing: Gender, Class, and Anthropomorphism in George Sand’s “Le Nuage Rose”

Adrion L. Dula (Wayne State University)

In George Sand’s 1872 tale “Le Nuage rose,” the environment is much more than just a backdrop for the young heroine Catherine’s growth. Rather, it is the heroine’s observations of and interactions with the environment and animals around her that directly influences her moral maturation and financial independence. The pink cloud of the title symbolizes Catherine’s capriciousness and naivety. By the end of the tale, Catherine must spin her own pink cloud and thus learn the difference between hard work and fantasy, on the one hand; and metaphorical language and the material realities of the natural world, on the other.

Part of 24-05 Exploring 19th-Century British, French, and German Fairy Tales by Women through Women Writing Wonder (2021), Tuesday, October 19, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm