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- DescriptionThe South has a rich cultural legacy and that of Louisiana is especially strong and diverse. Despite its similarities with the rest of the South, Louisiana has a distinct cultural identity rooted in the colonial impulses of France and Spain, the evolution of gender roles, the importance of religion, and the dramatic shift in racial politics after the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Perhaps because of its diversity, it has inspired numerous writers, some of whom have contributed greatly to American literature. This book explores the influences at work on Louisiana writers and those writing about Louisiana from the end of the Civil War through World War II. These writers reflect the effects of Louisiana's culture, politics, and colonial heritage. Such writers as Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Lyle Saxon, and George Washington Cable characterize the racial caste system, pointing out the flaws in its construction and its effects on relationships. Ruth McEnery Stuart, Kate Chopin, and Sallie Rhett Roman depict the lives of women in Louisiana and their struggles when taking on ntraditional roles. And William Faulkner and Arna Bontemps draw upon narrative and folk traditions, which provide the foundations for their works. Chapters are grouped in sections devoted to three of the broadest influences on writers of the era: women, work, and culture during Reconstruction; the impact of Modernism; and issues of race and class.
- Author BiographySUZANNE DISHEROON-GREEN is Assistant Professor of American Literature at Northwestern State University. Her previous books include Kate Chopin: An Annotated Bibliography of Critical Works (Greenwood, 1999), Songs of the New South: Writing Contemporary Louisiana (Greenwood, 2001), and At Fault by Kate Chopin: A Scholarly Edition with Background Readings (2001). LISA ABNEY is Director of the Louisiana Folklife Center and Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern State University. She coedited Songs of the New South: Writing Contemporary Louisiana (Greenwood, 2001) and has served as guest editor for Southern Studies. She is also the general editor of Louisiana Folklife.
- Date of Publication30/03/2002
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of American Literature
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 11
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight524 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Edited byLisa Abney,Suzanne Disheroon Green
- Foreword byRobin Miller
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
- Edition Statementannotated edition
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