The detectable id of southern Louisiana's specific tradition has been expressed in different descriptive phrases--"south of the South," "the northern tip of the Caribbean," "this folklore land." an odd, piquant, and savory combination, it additionally has been likened to 1 of the region's signature dishes, gumbo.
taking pictures this elusive tradition and its appeal has challenged many authors, anthropologists, and anthologists. Coming probably closest of any publication but released, this new anthology of readings presents reflections on southern Louisiana's particular traditions, folklore, and folklife. Crystalizing its wealthy range and personality, those sharply targeted essays are an exact creation to features that too frequently are subtle in sundry discussions of basic Deep South tradition. right here, every one is obvious fairly, accurately, and uniquely.
Written via top students, the 13 essays specialize in many topics, together with the party of Mardi Gras and of Christmas, Louisiana foodways, the delineation among Cajun and Creole, the African americans and local americans of the area, Zydeco track, and Cajun humor.
The essays express nice variety and are reprinted from hard-to-find courses. They contain an outline of Cajun nation Mardi Gras at the prairies of southwestern Louisiana, an research of the social implications of the hot Orleans Mardi Gras parades, a learn of the Houma Indians of coastal Louisiana, and an research of the devotion given to a tender Cajun lady whom many regard as a saint.
gathered the following, the essays painting a land and a people who are in contrast to the other.
Marcia Gaudet, a professor of English on the collage of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the writer of Tales from the Levee: The Folklore of St. John the Baptist Parish and Porch speak with Ernest Gaines: Conversations at the Writer's Craft.
James C. McDonald, a professor of English on the college of Louisiana at Lafayette, is the editor of The Allyn and Bacon Sourcebook for faculty Writing Teachers.