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Songs of the Reconstructing South
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Explores the influences at work on Louisiana writers and those writing about Louisiana from the end of the Civil War through World War II. The 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 nontraditional 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.
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Foreward: The Artful and Crafty Ones of the French Quarter by Robin Miller Introduction: Building Literary Louisiana Women, Work, and Culture in Reconstruction Louisiana Under Reconstruction: Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans (1877-1887) by Richard Collins Sallie Rhett Roman of the New Orleans Times-Democrat: Race, Women, and Southern Aristocracy in the Novellas, Tonie (1900) and Folette of Timbalier Island (1900) by Nancy Dixon "Do You Not Know That Women Can Make Money?": Women and Labor in Louisiana Literature by Tiffany Duet Living "Amid Romance": Ethnic Cultures in Ruth McEnery Stuart's New Orleans Stories by Joan Wiley Hall Louisiana During the Modernist Period 1919-1945 William Faulkner's Two-Basket Stories by Jo LeCoeur Cakewalks, Cauls, and Conjure: Folk Traditions in Arna Bontemp's God Sends Sunday and "A Summer Tragedy" by Lisa Abney "Huey Long" as Deep South Dictator: A Lion is in the Streets as Novel and Film by Philip Dubuisson Castille Depictions of Race and Class 1865-1945 Behind "The White Veil": Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Creole Color, and The Goodness of St. Rocque by Pamela Glenn Menke Masking and Racial Passing at Mardi Gras in Lyle Saxon's "Have a Good Time While You Can" by Larry D. Griffin "The nigger that's going to sleep with your sister": Charles Bon as Cultural Shibboleth in Absalom, Absalom! by Erin E. Campbell The "All-Seeing Eye" in Grace King's Balcony Stories by Susie Scifres Kuilan The Irreducible African: Challenges to Racial Stereotypes in George Washington Cable's The Grandissimes by R. Allen Alexander, Jr. "Why Don't She Stay in Her Class?": Caste Structures in Lyle Saxon's Children of Strangers and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God by Suzanne Disheroon-Green Bibliography Index

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Explores the influences at work on Louisiana writers and those writing about Louisiana from the end of the Civil War through World War II.

About the Author

Suzanne 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.

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"[T]hought-provoking and informative looks at the writers who helped build literary Louisiana. Recommended for all libraries with collections pertaining to Louisiana and Southern literature."-Louisiana Libraries "Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."-Choice "The late Professor George Reinecke, who pioneered efforts to reprint Louisiana writers in the 1970s with the advances and revivals in Songs of the Reconstructing South."-South Central Review "�T�hought-provoking and informative looks at the writers who helped build literary Louisiana. Recommended for all libraries with collections pertaining to Louisiana and Southern literature."-Louisiana Libraries ?Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.??Choice ?Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.?-Choice ?The late Professor George Reinecke, who pioneered efforts to reprint Louisiana writers in the 1970s with the advances and revivals in Songs of the Reconstructing South.?-South Central Review ?[T]hought-provoking and informative looks at the writers who helped build literary Louisiana. Recommended for all libraries with collections pertaining to Louisiana and Southern literature.?-Louisiana Libraries

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