Monthly Archives: March 2013

The Self-Realization of Edna Pontellier and her Personal Awakening, Charted Through the Geographical Locations in the Novel

By Maddy Boylan George Kate Chopin moves the action in The Awakening from Grand Isle in the Gulf of Mexico, to the French Quarter in New Orleans, and then back to Grand Isle. The movement of the protagonist between island … Continue reading

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Edna Pontellier: Straddling Creole Conformity and Modern Feminism

by Allison Siegel Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening challenges the stereotyped roles of women in society during the nineteenth century though the protagonist Edna Pontellier.  Two other women from New Orleans, Louisiana, Madame Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz, are polar … Continue reading

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The Role of New Orleans, Plaçage, and Male Fantasy in Faukner’s Absalom, Absalom!

by Martha Ashe New Orleans is commonly romanticized in literature. William Faulkner takes advantage of the potential for New Orleans to conform to male fantasies in his novel Absalom, Absalom! Through his male narrators, Faulkner shows how New Orleans can … Continue reading

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John Gregory Brown: New Orleans Will Always be Home

by Renée Ruggeri John Gregory Brown is an American novelist who has been hailed for his portrayal of life in New Orleans in the 1960s. A native of the city, Brown was born July 31, 1960, and lived in New … Continue reading

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William Faulkner and the Influence of New Orleans

By: Megan Kroger William Faulkner is known world-wide for bringing the questions of his time to the forefront of everyone’s mind. Controversy in the South was prominent and Faulkner was an expert, being from Mississippi himself. Even though he spent … Continue reading

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Alice Dunbar-Nelson’s Struggle as a Multiracial Woman in Biracial America

by Bridget Maguire Alice Dunbar-Nelson was born into the Creole society of New Orleans on July 19, 1875, and grew up in a house located at 56½ Palmyra Street in Carrollton (Larson 68). Although she identified herself as African American … Continue reading

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Kate Chopin: Defying Convention as a Wife, Mother, and Outsider in New Orleans

by Martha Ashe Kate Chopin is widely regarded as one of the most important American feminist authors of the 19th century. During her brief literary career in the 1890’s when she was in her 40’s, she published numerous short stories … Continue reading

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