Art & Identity in New Orleans

HNRS 109 Spring '18

March 20, 2018
by ahson21
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A Comparison of Identity

Throughout this course, we have read three different books: The Awakening, A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as The Moviegoer. These three books deal with the  struggle of  each individual to find their role and meaning in society. This existential conflict is … Continue reading

March 20, 2018
by bekisz20
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Imprisoned

The Moviegoer by Walker Percy features many complex characters aside from Binx Bollings, who is the main subject of the book. These characters include his Aunt Emily and his cousin Kate. While Aunt Emily is a force of nature over her … Continue reading

March 20, 2018
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Contrasting Quests

The rediscovery of “The Search” is one that affects both Binx Bolling in The Moviegoer and Edna Pontellier in The Awakening. These characters’ journeys are both marred by a sense of unease that, once acknowledged, spurs them to analyze their … Continue reading

March 20, 2018
by vanderzon21
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Subtexts

Binx and Kate are two characters that pivot around the world, attempting to get a foothold in the world. Their understanding of their roles in the world waver constantly as this can only find dissatisfaction in their lives. In this … Continue reading

March 16, 2018
by kbekisz20
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Drifting

In many ways, Binx in The Moviegoer is a similar character to Edna Pontelier in The Awakening. Of course, Binx is male and Edna is female, but their struggles are eerily reminiscent of one another. Binx is a man who … Continue reading

March 13, 2018
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Desire or Duty?

A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, and Belocq’s Ophelia by Natasha Trethewey tell the tales of two different women in very different circumstances, yet who each are driven to make similar choices. Their choices however, do not offer what … Continue reading

March 1, 2018
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How Jazz Culture Came to Be in New Orleans vs NYC

The cultures of New Orleans and New York are rich with old and new traditions that have endured from their conception to the present. Each city has been a pioneer in American culture, particularly in the realm of jazz.  Many of the traditions and cultural hallmarks of New Orleans have never left the city and remain virtually unknown … Continue reading