Monthly Archives: May 2013

Interview with the Vampire and New Orleans in the Context of LIterary Vampires

by Nathan Snaza Interview with the Vampire (1976) is not the first major American vampire novel, but the two previous novels about vampires are steadfastly within a literary tradition from which Interview breaks in some important ways that forever change … Continue reading

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Tourist Attractions and Relationship Expectations in A Small Hotel

by Bridget Maguire Robert Olen Butler takes readers on an intimate journey into the French Quarter of New Orleans in his novel, A Small Hotel (2011).  On the day Kelly is supposed to be finalizing her divorce, she goes back … Continue reading

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How Hurricane Katrina Changed a Village Called Versailles

By Megan Kroger After being refugees of the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese residents of Versailles, in New Orleans East, already knew a thing or two about government discrimination and the need to endure. By the time Hurricane Katrina hit, those … Continue reading

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Robert Olen Butler: Writing a Sensual New Orleans

By Gino Grieco Robert Olen Butler was born in 1945 in Granite City, Illinois.  In the beginning of his college career at Northwestern, Butler felt that his profession would be acting; his father was a professor at St. Louis University … Continue reading

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Giving Voice to the Voiceless in When the Levees Broke

By Gino Grieco Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke is, at first glance, a bleak look at one of the darkest periods of US politics and governmental ambivalence.  When asked by NPR how Katrina affected him Lee answered, “I was … Continue reading

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