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

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

(p.104) Chapter Nine Late Francophone Figures: de la Houssaye, du Quesnay, Dessommes
Louisiana Creole Literature

Catharine Savage Brosman

University Press of Mississippi

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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