Charles Testut's le "Vieux Salomon"

Charles Testut's le "Vieux Salomon" : Race, Religion, Socialism, and Freemasonry

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Through the study of Charles Testut's Le Vieux Salomon, a nineteenth-century southern Francophone antislavery novel, this book encourages a reassessment of the southern experience and of the canon of southern literature. Arguing for a southern literary identity strongly influenced by French socialist thought and colonial culture, Abel's book is an invaluable resource for Francophone scholars interested in race and colonial more

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  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 073912370X
  • 9780739123706

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Abel does an excellent job of linking Testut's social and philosophical thoughts to the organization of Le Vieux Salomon, as well as linking his non-fiction writing and his fiction writing. This book is a significant contribution to the field and a welcome addition to the growing body of work on French Louisiana authors. -- Cecile Accilien, Columbus State University In her study of French emigre Charles Testut, Sheri Lyn Abel combines superb literary analysis, skillful translations, and keen insights into the Francophone Atlantic's revolutionary currents to make a major contribution to the expanding scholarship of nineteenth century Creole New Orleans and its circum-Caribbean political culture. -- Caryn Cosse Bell, University of Massachusetts Lowellshow more

About Sheri Abel

Sheri Lyn Abel is assistant professor of French at Wheaton more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Social Disruption: Testut and French Socialism Chapter 3 "La plus grande et la plus belle des Societes humaines": Freemasonry and Le Vieux Salomon Chapter 4 "The Stupid Aristocracy of Skin": The Black Persona in Le Vieux Salomon Chapter 5 Local Color and the Literary Imagination: Uncle Tom's Cabin and Le Vieux Salomonshow more

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