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Late Francophone Figures: de la Houssaye, du Quesnay, Dessommes

Late Francophone Figures: de la Houssaye, du Quesnay, Dessommes

Chapter:
(p.104) Chapter Nine Late Francophone Figures: de la Houssaye, du Quesnay, Dessommes
Source:
Louisiana Creole Literature
Author(s):
Catharine Savage Brosman
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039102.003.0009

Various Louisiana French-language authors from the late nineteenth century are treated in this chapter, which sketches their careers and their oeuvre. Two Quadroon novellas by Sidonie de la Houssaye are the subject of careful examination, both thematic and narratological. The social system in which the Quadroons lived in the early nineteenth century is noted in connection with the novellas. Adolphe du Quesnay’s poetry and prose, published in Paris, is reviewed, and his novella “Un Eté à la Grand’Isle” is studied for its themes and structure and is compared to other writings on the Gulf of Mexico and storms. George Dessommes receives treatment as both a poet and fiction writer; his poetry collection Vendanges is examined. Two other figures, Alcée Fortier and Léona Queyrouze, close the chapter as being among the last few Francophone writers in Louisiana.

Keywords:   Sidonie de la Houssaye, Adolphe du Quesnay, George Dessommes, Quadroon novels, Poetry

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