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

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

(p.68) Chapter Six Fiction and Drama by Mid-Nineteenth-Century Free People of Color
Louisiana Creole Literature

Catharine Savage Brosman

University Press of Mississippi

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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