Art & Identity in New Orleans

HNRS 109 Spring '18

May 7, 2018
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Free Women of Color: To Exist Between Worlds

Throughout modern history, Gens de Couleur Libres, or the Free People of Color, of New Orleans have captured the attention of both historical scholars and New Orleanian culture enthusiasts alike. Their precarious position within the complex racial and economic hierarchy … 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 13, 2018
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Free Women of Color

In my research, I plan to explore the roles of Free Women of Color in Antebellum New Orleans and the ways in which these roles differ from other populations in the city during that time.  I intend for my research … Continue reading

February 13, 2018
by byrd19

Lulu White

The salacious history of Storyville is a prime example of unusual components combining in a way they only could in an area as varied and incomprehensible as New Orleans. Storyville was the center of legalized prostitution in New Orleans from … Continue reading

February 1, 2018
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To Be Human

In short, Mrs. Pontellier was beginning to realize her position in the universe as a human being, and to recognize her relations as an individual to the world within and about her. This may seem like a ponderous weight of … Continue reading

January 25, 2018
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The Tignon Law

  Screen Capture from How To Make Lemonade that depicts paintings of free women of color in tignons   Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas makes it a point very early on to highlight the unique ways in which the city and … Continue reading

January 18, 2018
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Congo Square: A Sunday Respite

Congo Square, located in New Orleans within Louis Armstrong Park in Tremé, is a cultural landmark known for its deeply rooted significance to African- American and New Orleans culture. The square first came to be widely known during the 1800s … Continue reading