The Myth of New Orleans in Literature: Dialogues of Race and Gender

The Myth of New Orleans in Literature: Dialogues of Race and Gender

by Violet Harrington Bryan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0870497898

ISBN-13: 9780870497896

Pub. Date: 09/28/1993

Publisher: University of Tennessee Press

Many writers have appropriated the rich and varied rituals, attitudes, ceremonies, and language of New Orleans for various literary purposes. The culture can be read in the texts of George Washington Cable, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Marcus Christian, Tennessee Williams, Tom Dent, and Brenda Marie Osbey. The idea of New Orleans as courtesan as well as the…  See more details below

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Many writers have appropriated the rich and varied rituals, attitudes, ceremonies, and language of New Orleans for various literary purposes. The culture can be read in the texts of George Washington Cable, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Marcus Christian, Tennessee Williams, Tom Dent, and Brenda Marie Osbey. The idea of New Orleans as courtesan as well as the realization of the interdependence of the races in the city's music, art, architecture, religious worship, and community performance become legend in their works. Violet Bryan examines these literary appropriations and shows how writers from 1880 to the present have variously reflected a culture that registers complex patterns of race, gender, and class. Bryan examines the implicit and explicit connections between writers and their texts that compose the literary culture of New Orleans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870497896
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
09/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Literary Dialogues and the Development of an Urban Myth1
2Cable, Chesnutt, and the Dialectic of Race12
3Defining Race, Gender, and the Myth: King, Chopin, and Dunbar-Nelson42
4The Double Dealer Movement and New Orleans as Courtesan in Faulkner's Mosquitoes and Absalom, Absalom!79
5Shaping Patterns of Myth and Folklore: The Federal Writers' Projects95
6Abstractions of Time and Place: Williams and Percy115
7African-American Dialogues and Revisionist Strategies: Dent, Reed, Kein, and Osbey130
Conclusion159
Notes165
Bibliography193
Index213

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