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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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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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