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Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

Mary Gallagher

in American Creoles

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9781846317538
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846317200
Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

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This chapter analyses Lafcadio Hearn's writings on nineteenth-century Louisiana and Martinique. It introduces the idea of a Creole continuum and the ways in which it disregards boundaries between geographical spaces, states, nations, cultures, genres and languages. First, the chapter discusses Hearn's fascination with the Creole culture. It then describes the ethnographic continuum of Hearn's American writing, which is rooted on his interest on America's colonial past and the aesthetics of the folk culture that emerged in the world of plantation slavery.

Keywords: Lafcadio Hearn; Louisiana; Martinique; Creole continuum; Creole culture; plantation slavery

Chapter.  8813 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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