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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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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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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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