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American CreolesThe Francophone Caribbean and the American South$
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Martin Munro and Celia Britton

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317538

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317200

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Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

(p.19) Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum
American Creoles

Mary Gallagher

Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses Lafcadio Hearn's writings on nineteenth-century Louisiana and Martinique. It introduces the idea of a Creole continuum and the ways in which it disregards boundaries between geographical spaces, states, nations, cultures, genres and languages. First, the chapter discusses Hearn's fascination with the Creole culture. It then describes the ethnographic continuum of Hearn's American writing, which is rooted on his interest on America's colonial past and the aesthetics of the folk culture that emerged in the world of plantation slavery.

Keywords:   Lafcadio Hearn, Louisiana, Martinique, Creole continuum, Creole culture, plantation slavery

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