Tales of the Sabine Borderlands: Early Louisiana and Texas Fiction by Theodore Pavie

Tales of the Sabine Borderlands: Early Louisiana and Texas Fiction by Theodore Pavie

Paperback Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students Texas A & M University (Paperback)

Edited by Betje Black Klier, Translated by Betje Black Klier, Translated by Anne C. Marsh, Translated by Et Al

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  • Publisher: Texas A & M University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 10mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 31 December 1998
  • Publication City/Country: College Station
  • ISBN 10: 0890968543
  • ISBN 13: 9780890968543
  • Illustrations note: 5 b&w illustrations, map

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In February, 1830, eighteen-year-old Theodore Pavie traveled west on the Camino Real from Natchitoches, in the new state of Louisiana, to Nacogdoches, Texas, which remained under Mexican rule. Events of his trip inspired him to write stories rich in details of the Louisiana-Texas border region after he returned to France. "Le Negre" depicts the internal dynamics of a Louisiana slave community in an elemental tale of good versus evil. Pavie contrasts the nobility of the tragic hero, once a tribal chief in Africa, with the inhumanity of his white overseer. "Le Lazo" is one of the first pieces of Texas or Western literature. It is an enigmatic blend of reportage and imagination reflecting the effects of the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827, the Spanish invasion of Mexico in 1829, and the passage of the Law of 6 April 1830, which triggered the next phase of Anglo rebellion against Mexican authorities in Texas. The Mexican protagonist Antonio enters into conflict with the Creole commander of the presidio at Nacogdoches, Col. Jose de las Piedras. Both men pursue rosary-clutching Clara, who represents the vessel of the new era to come. "El Cachupin" tells of the full-blooded Spaniard, Pepo, and his Creole wife, Jacinta, who had been successfully established in Texas, only to be chased across the Sabine by increasing political hostilities in Mexico. East of the river, a lonely planter (probably a remnant of the pirate Lafitte's band) and his concubine take them in and alter their fate.

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Betje Black Klier, a specialist in French culture and civilization and nineteenthcentury FrancoTexas history, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an independent researcher and writer in Austin, Texas.Eighteenthcentury scholar and professor of French at Duke University Philip Stewart is presently a visiting professor at the Sorbonne.A specialist in nineteenthcentury art and literature, Alexandra K. Wettlaufer is assistant professor of French and Comparative Literature in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin.Anne C. Marsh is a doctoral student in twentiethcentury French literature at the University of Texas at Austin.