Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiv

This book began in the classroom, in a graduate seminar I taught on Realism and Naturalism in which we were discussing George Washington Cable’s story “Belles Demoiselles Plantation.” In the process of dealing with the historical and racial aspects of the situation, a student asked how it could be...

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Introduction: The Historical Context

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pp. 1-21

By the end of the nineteenth century, Realism flourished as a dominant force in American literature, depicting normative characters facing believable conflicts and speaking the vernacular of the various sections of the United States. Within that tradition, the Local-Color movement gave specificity...

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1. George Washington Cable’s Old Creole Days

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pp. 22-57

George Washington Cable is often credited with being the first author after the Civil War to address the social and racial issues unique to the South, especially those relating to Louisiana and, more specifically, New Orleans. The Crescent City had long been an area of interest for American writers, but ...

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2. Grace King and the Cultural Background of Balcony Stories

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pp. 58-83

Grace King’s career began as an answer to the negative representation of the Creoles of New Orleans in George Washington Cable’s Old Creole Days and his celebrated novel The Grandissimes, in which some of the aristocratic class is depicted as dissolute gamblers incapable of conducting the family business...

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pp. 84-89

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3. Alice Dunbar-Nelson and the New Orleans Story Cycle

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pp. 90-118

Alice Dunbar-Nelson was twenty-four in 1899 when The Goodness of St. Rocque and Other Stories appeared from Dodd, Mead and Company in New York, a major publisher of the time.1 African- American writers in the period enjoyed encouragement from such white writers as William Dean Howells...

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4. Kate Chopin’s Bayou Folk

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pp. 119-159

Until the 1970s, when The Awakening emerged from relative obscurity to become a major American novel, Kate Chopin’s reputation rested solidly on her first collection of stories, Bayou Folk, published in 1894 by Houghton Mifflin.1 By then she had already developed a national following for her...

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Conclusion: The Literary Legacy

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pp. 160-174

As a subject of serious literature, Louisiana emerged in the second half of the nineteenth century as the most complex and vibrant geographic area in the country. Unique among the states for its founding as an extension of the French empire, its four decades of rule by the Spanish, its incorporation...

Notes

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pp. 175-194

Bibliography

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pp. 195-202

Index

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pp. 203-208