Monthly Archives: April 2013

“Us and Them”: Racial Boundaries in Glass House

By Maddy Boylan George The disparity in wealth, class, and race is shown through Christine Wiltz’s novel Glass House. Set in the late 1980s, the novel reflects the racial tensions present in New Orleans at a time when a weakened … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras and Masks: How Relationships Begin and End in Robert Olen Butler’s A Small Hotel

By Jack Lawler Set against the backdrop of New Orleans, Robert Olen Butler’s A Small Hotel deals with the relationship between the two protagonists, Michael and Kelly, and explores how issues such as emotional withholding and miscommunication lead to the … Continue reading

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Chris Wiltz: Forever Tied to New Orleans

By Weston Harty Christine (Chris) Wiltz was born in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, on January 3, 1948, to Adolphe Michael and Merle Wiltz. Her family moved to a house on General Pershing Street in the middle class Broadmoor section of New … Continue reading

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Brenda Marie Osbey and the Blending of Christianity and Hoodoo in New Orleans

By Allison Siegel Brenda Marie Osbey writes poetry based on her life spent in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans that reflects the unique Creole culture in which we was raised.  Born on December 12, 1957, to Lawrence C. Osbey … Continue reading

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Anne Rice and her Supernatural New Orleans

By Allison Siegel Anne Rice was born October 4, 1941, in the Irish Channel section of New Orleans, Louisiana.  She was the second of four daughters born to parents Howard and Katherine O’Brien, who originally gave her the name Howard … Continue reading

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Seclusion by Choice: A Mapping Analysis of The Moviegoer

By Weston Harty In The Moviegoer, Binx Bolling has distanced himself from his family and the older, more prominent neighborhoods in New Orleans in order to observe from afar the nature of the city and conduct his search, an attempt … Continue reading

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Binx Bolling’s Evasion of New Orleans in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer

by Martha Ashe In his widely celebrated novel, The Moviegoer (1961), Walker Percy presents the intriguingly complex protagonist Binx Bolling in the week leading up to his thirtieth birthday on Ash Wednesday in New Orleans. Throughout this week of Mardi … Continue reading

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