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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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Père Rouquette and Other Early Francophone Poets

Père Rouquette and Other Early Francophone Poets

(p.28) Chapter Three Père Rouquette and Other Early Francophone Poets
Louisiana Creole Literature

Catharine Savage Brosman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter surveys briefly early Louisiana poetry, an early drama, and travel writing, all in French, then examines especially the careers and literary production of Adrien Rouquette, a priest, and his brother, Dominique Rouquette. Adrien’s early years are sketched. His nature poetry receives particular emphasis in connection with the theme of the wilderness; samples are quoted (with translations). His prose romance called La Nouvelle Atala is examined at length for its connection to a masterpiece by Chateaubriand and its views on nature and religion. Other poets of the period are also reviewed, especially the leper Alexandre Latil and Amadeo Morel, author of a poem on the 1856 hurricane at Grand Isle.

Keywords:   Adrien Rouquette, Nature poetry, Wilderness, La Nouvelle Atala, Hurricane of 1856

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