Coloring sex, love, and desire in Creole New Orleans’s long nineteenth century

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Two texts bookend the major phase of literary activity by Creoles of color in New Orleans, the first book of poetry by US citizens of African descent, Les cenelles (1845) and Nos Hommes et Notres Histoires (1911). The first - a collection of poems - evokes sexual and romantic relationships between people of different races, a notion that runs radically counter to the racial politics of the rest of the US South. The second emerged as polemic as the Jim Crow Era gained full ascendance and marginalized nonwhite people in ways that ran counter to long-standing cultural patterns in New Orleans regarding the elite Creoles of color.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Orleans
Subtitle of host publicationA Literary History
EditorsT. R. Johnson
Place of PublicationCambridge UK
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781108632690
ISBN (Print)9781108498197
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Americanization
  • Creole
  • Desdunes
  • Les cenelles
  • plaçage
  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • poetry
  • race
  • Reconstruction
  • sexuality
  • Séjour

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