Category Archives: Literary Analysis

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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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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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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“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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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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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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