Given the significance of regional customs and traditions in George Sand's rustic novels, the novelist's contribution to the national construct has been considered mostly through the angk of patrimony - a "rich legacy of memories". The point of this essay is to examine the other facet of Sand's contribution to the process of identity formation, that of the "daily plebiscite". The work published after the 1848 revolution is presented here as illustration of the political project in which it originated, i.e., of the desire to transform France into a true republic. Establishing a relation between a literary work in which the religion of love dominates and a political project focused on the means of eliciting everyone's "free and spontaneous consent" to the nation makes it possible to see how central nationalism and feelings of national belonging are in George Sand's later work.
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