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Louisiana Creole LiteratureA Historical Study$
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Catharine Savage Brosman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039102

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.001.0001

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Mid-Nineteenth-Century Immigrant Francophone Authors

Mid-Nineteenth-Century Immigrant Francophone Authors

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(p.57) Chapter Five Mid-Nineteenth-Century Immigrant Francophone Authors
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Louisiana Creole Literature
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Catharine Savage Brosman

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.003.0005

This chapter examines three minor authors and two important novelists, all of whom immigrated to Louisiana and wrote in French. Charles Testut, a journalist, poet, and novelist, is examined especially for his long epic novel Le Vieux Salomon, which has points in common with Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Testut’s quasi-Christian socialism and Masonic leanings are identified. Louis-Armand Garreau’s historical novel Louisiana and his short stories, including “Bras-coupé,” receive detailed commentary. The radical political views of these two writers are noted, and their repeated denunciations of slavery and other sorts of oppression are stressed. The neo-Marxist social theory of the Frankfort School is cited as a grid by which to read Garreau.

Keywords:   Charles Testut, Louis-Armand Garreau, Radical political views, Socialism, Historical novel

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