‘Textes fossiles’: The Metatextual Geology of Verne's Voyage au centre de la Terre

Nigel Harkness

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Abstract

Despite the compelling parallels between George Sand’s Laura; ou, le voyage dans le cristal and Jules Verne’s Voyage au centre de la Terre (both 1864), Sand’s place within the intertextual fabric of Verne’s novel has been occluded. By shifing the terms of the debate away from the vexed issues of borrowing, influence, or inspiration, and focusing on Verne’s sustained engagement with Sand’s work as a specifically geological fiction, this article sheds new light on the imbrication of the scientific and the fictional in Voyage au centre de la Terre, whereby geological and palaeontological references not only guarantee the text’s verisimilitude and underwrite its didactic objectives, but also fulfil an important metatextual function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1047-1063
Number of pages17
JournalModern Language Review
Volume107
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

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