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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cashell, Mary Florence
URN etd-04112008-114436
Title Postcolonial Writing in Louisiana: Surpassing the Role of French Traditionalism in Alfred Mercier's L’habitation Saint-Ybars
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department French Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jack Yeager Committee Chair
Katharine Jensen Committee Member
Rosemary Peters Committee Member
Keywords
  • Creole
  • French
  • Mercier
  • Louisiana
  • Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
  • Postcolonial
Date of Defense 2008-04-02
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This thesis explores the roles of French patriarchal ideologies of the Enlightenment and exoticism in Alfred Mercier’s novel, L’habitation 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-Pierre’s 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 Mercier’s moving away from this model to be a declaration of a unique Louisianian identity.
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