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Fiction and Drama by Mid-Nineteenth-Century Free People of Color

Fiction and Drama by Mid-Nineteenth-Century Free People of Color

Chapter:
(p.68) Chapter Six Fiction and Drama by Mid-Nineteenth-Century Free People of Color
Source:
Louisiana Creole Literature
Author(s):
Catharine Savage Brosman
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.003.0006

This chapter considers characteristics of the fiction and drama in French by the elite Free People of Color, or Gens de couleur libres, produced during the mid-nineteenth century in New Orleans and Paris. L’Album Littéraire: Journal des Jeunes Gens, an ephemeral but significant publication, is highlighted. One author examined is Victor Séjour, who published an important short-story, “Le Mulâtre,” identified as the first by an African-American; he also had a successful career as a dramatist in Paris, and certain of his plays are discussed. Other authors include Michel Séligny, Armand Lanusse, Joanni Questy, and Adolphe Duhart. Themes they treated, often obliquely, include caste restrictions, especially concerning interracial marriage.

Keywords:   Free People of Color, Victor Séjour, “Le Mulâtre”, Drama, Caste restrictions

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