New Orleans Literature
New Orleans has long been interesting to both writers and readers. In the popular imaginations, the city’s image as an exotic place that is filled with sin, voodoo, temptation and decadence join to form the New Orleans literature and myth. From back in the days New Orleans was considered to be the home of eclectic mix of traditions from different cultures and character. New Orleans literature is both written by the natives and the outsiders with each writer showing a different character that has been used to explain the unique vision of the city. This unique vision of the city has been used to reflect and shape the New Orleans literature. The different variety and eclecticism that has been used to describe New Orleans’ literature writings mirror to that of the city itself. The city has a unique history that has attracted some outside writers. It was founded by the French before the Spanish took control of it and later become part of United States after Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The writers who have had the chance to represent and explore New Orleans are among the most intriguing and notable writes in the Southern and American literature.
Most of the New Orleans literature was written in French before the civil war and was done mostly by poets and writers of color. Poetry at this time had a race, politic, and place as its subject. During that era, New Orleans also had the theatrical community with theater plays being performed in the southwest humor traditions together with more political plays. The most notable writers during that time were Louis, who based on political plays and the Rouquette brothers and poets who used romance to charm their readers and New Orleans.
Post civil war era
Most of the writers who contributed to New Orleans literature appeared after the civil war years. Short stories like old Creole days discuss the rich cultural mixture in the city and its personalities. Also another of George Washington Cable works, the “Grandissimes” explains the racial politics and the complicated relationships in the city with a slight eye aimed at calling for assistance in fighting racial injustice. Natives were represented by their own Alice Dunbar-nelson, who concentrated on the city’s color line by use of her short stories and poems. Today New Orleans is being represented with different writer who wants to be associated with the literature that has been diverse by the different culture and traditions in the city.
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