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Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum

Chapter:
(p.19) Lafcadio Hearn's American Writings and the Creole Continuum
Source:
American Creoles
Author(s):
Mary Gallagher
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317200.002

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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