Louisiana Creole Literature is a broad-ranging critical
reading of belles lettres--in both French and English--connected to
and generally produced by the distinctive Louisiana Creole peoples,
chiefly in the southeastern part of the state. The book covers
primarily the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the flourishing
period during which the term Creole had broad and
contested cultural reference in Louisiana.
The study consists in part of literary history and biography.
When available and appropriate, each discussion--arranged
chronologically--provides pertinent personal information on
authors, as well as publishing facts. Readers will find also
summaries and evaluation of key texts, some virtually unknown,
others of difficult access. Brosman illuminates the biographies and
works of Kate Chopin, Lafcadio Hearn, George Washington Cable,
Grace King, and Adolphe Duhart, among others. In addition, she
challenges views that appear to be skewed regarding canon
formation. The book places emphasis on poetry and fiction, reaching
from early nineteenth-century writing through the twentieth century
to selected works by poets still writing in the early twenty-first
century. A few plays are treated also, especially by Victor Séjour.
Louisiana Creole Literature examines at length the
writings of important Francophone figures, and certain Anglophone
novelists likewise receive extended treatment. Since much of
nineteenth-century Louisiana literature was transnational, the book
considers Creole-based works which appeared in Paris as well as
those published locally.
Subjects: Language & Literature, History
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