Southeastern Louisiana University Presents
Creoles in Fact and Fiction
Dr. Thomas Fick, Professor of English
Southeastern Louisiana University
What is a Creole? The answers to this question are almost as varied as the population of Louisiana. Indeed, perhaps no term has generated and continues to generate so much discussion as "Creole." When Edward Larocque Tinker introduced his novel Toucoutou (1928) by asserting that Creole "can mean only one thing and that is a pure white person born of European parents in Spanish or French colonies" he was firing another salvo in a cultural debate that began many years before and continues in the present. Today, most people would take exception to Tinker's definition, but the issue is far from resolved. The "Creole" still inhabits a uneasy space between fact and fiction that reflects debates over race, culture, and identity in the nation at large.
The goal of this Institute is to explore the rich gumbo of Louisiana culture through an examination of the debate over the meaning of Creole, and the portrayal of Creole culture in literature, history, music, and art. We will discuss some of the seminal works dealing with Creoles, from the first work by an African American--Victor Sejour's "Le Mulatre," published in 1837--to George Washington Cable's short stories from Old Creole Days and his novel The Grandissimes, to Lalita Tademy's Cane River and Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints. Along the way we will look at literature and historical documents authored by both white and Afro-Creole writers as well as Creole music and art, and will explore contemporary efforts to revive and promote the Creole heritage. Participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences and to pursue individual research interests.
AND GRADUATE CREDIT
How to ApplyFill in the application form on the brochure, or the on-line form at http://www.selu.edu/LEH/lehapp.html. Be sure to include the names and phone numbers of two references who know you and your work. Write a one page letter of application. Try to give a sense of yourself and your interests and the ways you see the Institute contributing to your professional development and teaching goals.
If you do not apply on-line, just mail the completed application form and letter as soon as possible to: Professor Tom Fick Department of English, SLU-10861 Southeastern Louisiana University Hammond, LA 70402 The deadline for application is April, 16 2004. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 23, 2004.
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