Postcolonial Writing in Louisiana: Surpassing the Role of French Traditionalism in Alfred Mercier's Lhabitation Saint-Ybars

by Cashell, Mary Florence

Abstract (Summary)
This thesis explores the roles of French patriarchal ideologies of the Enlightenment and exoticism in Alfred Merciers novel, Lhabitation Saint-Ybars. His novel portrays the antebellum Creole plantation as a hierarchy of strict gender roles similar to those that Enlightenment philosophy espoused. I use the family in Bernardin de Saint-Pierres classic, Paul et Virginie, as one example of such a hierarchy. There are also, however, several instances where Mercier departs from the paternalistic norm. I interpret Merciers moving away from this model to be a declaration of a unique Louisianian identity.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Jack Yeager; Rosemary Peters; Katharine Jensen

School:Louisiana State University in Shreveport

School Location:USA - Louisiana

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:french studies


Date of Publication:04/16/2008

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