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The Resource Race and culture in New Orleans stories : Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable, James Nagel

Race and culture in New Orleans stories : Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable, James Nagel

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Race and culture in New Orleans stories : Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable
Title
Race and culture in New Orleans stories
Title remainder
Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable
Statement of responsibility
James Nagel
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories posits that the Crescent City and the surrounding Louisiana bayous were a logical setting for the literary exploration of crucial social problems in America. Race and Culture in New Orleans Stories is a study of four volumes of interrelated short stories set in New Orleans and the surrounding Louisiana bayous: Kate Chopin's Bayou Folk; George Washington Cable's Old Creole Days; Grace King's Balcony Stories; and Alice Dunbar-Nelson's The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories. James Nagel argues that the conflicts and themes in these stories cannot be understood without a knowledge of the unique historical context of the founding of Louisiana, its four decades of rule by the Spanish, the Louisiana Purchase and the resulting cultural transformations across the region, Napoleonic law, the Code Noir, the plaçage tradition, the immigration of various ethnic and natural groups into the city, and the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction. All of these historical factors energize and enrich the fiction of this important region. The literary context of these volumes is also central to understanding their place in literary history. They are short-story cycles--collections of short fiction that contain unifying settings, recurring characters or character types, and central themes and motifs. They are also examples of the "local color" tradition in fiction, a movement that has been much misunderstood. Nagel maintains that "local color" literature was meant to be the highest form of American writing, not the lowest, and its objective was to capture the locations, folkways, values, dialects, conflicts, and ways of life in the various regions of the country in order to show that the lives of common citizens were sufficiently important to be the subject of serious literature. Finally, Nagel shows that New Orleans provided a profoundly rich and complex setting for the literary exploration of some of the most crucial social problems in America, including racial stratification, social caste, economic exploitation, and gender roles, all of which were undergoing rapid transformation at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth"--
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Nagel, James
Dewey number
810.9/976335
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS267.N49
LC item number
N34 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American literature
  • Chopin, Kate
  • King, Grace Elizabeth
  • Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Moore
  • Cable, George Washington
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • Local color in literature
  • Social structure in literature
  • Social change in literature
  • Social problems in literature
Label
Race and culture in New Orleans stories : Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable, James Nagel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: the historical context -- George Washington Cable's old Creole days -- Grace King and the cultural background of balcony stories -- Alice Dunbar-Nelson and the New Orleans story cycle -- Kate Chopin's bayou folk -- Conclusion : the literary legacy -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn849509664
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780817313388
Lccn
2013019094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1722915
Label
Race and culture in New Orleans stories : Kate Chopin, Grace King, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, and George Washington Cable, James Nagel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: the historical context -- George Washington Cable's old Creole days -- Grace King and the cultural background of balcony stories -- Alice Dunbar-Nelson and the New Orleans story cycle -- Kate Chopin's bayou folk -- Conclusion : the literary legacy -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
ocn849509664
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 208 pages
Isbn
9780817313388
Lccn
2013019094
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) 1722915

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