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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

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

Catharine Savage Brosman

University Press of Mississippi

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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