Inventing New Orleans

Inventing New Orleans

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) haunted the French Quarter to cover such events as the death of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen.

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 1578063531

Category: History

Page: 230

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Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) haunted the French Quarter to cover such events as the death of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen. His descriptions of the seamy side of New Orleans, tainted with voodoo, debauchery, and mystery, made a lasting impression on America. Denizens of the Crescent City and devotees who flock there for escapades and pleasures will recognize the prevailing image of New Orleans as originally imparted by Hearn's tales of corruption, of decay and benign frivolity, and of endless partying. With his writing, he virtually invented the national perception of New Orleans as a kind of alternative reality to the United States as a whole.
Categories: History

A Fantastic Journey

A Fantastic Journey

Some Oriental Curiosities', Lafcadio Hearn, Harper's Bazaar, 28/3/1885 'The New Orleans Exposition. Notes of a Curiosity Hunter', Lafcadio Heam, Harper's Bazaar, 4/4/1885 'The Government Exhibit at New Orleans', Lafcadio Hearn, ...

Author: Paul Murray

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781873410233

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 379

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Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) has long been marginalised as a failed Victorian Romantic whose writings on Japan were poetic but inconsequential; as a person, he emerges as a one-dimensional neurotic. In this new study, based on a wealth of hitherto unpublished sources, as well as a fresh reading of Hearn's writings, Paul Murray reveals a multi-faceted character of considerable depth, intelligence and literary skill. This is a book, therefore, that will appeal on many levels. The story of Hearn's life makes fascinating reading; his fantastic journey took him from conception outside marriage on a Greek island to a protected upbringing in Dublin; from a Gothic education in England to Cincinnati in the United States where, as Paddy Hearn, he established himself as a journalist of the macabre par excellence. In New Orleans, in the 1860s, he transformed himself into Lafcadio Hearn, litterateur and a man of the South. Finally after two years in the West Indies, he spent the last fourteen years of his life in Japan - arriving in 'the land of the gods' in the spring of 1890. Although it was always to be an ambiguous relationship with his adopted country, Hearn gave to the world some of the most valuable and enduring insights into Japanese society and culture that continue to stand the test of time. For students of the Anglo-Irish tradition, a little explored strand of Hearn's heritage, this book is also essential reading, providing substantial insights into Hearn's mastery of the literary horror genre. Equally, students of Japan will want to understand, for the first time, the make-up and motivation of one of its greatest ever Western interpreters.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Lafcadio Hearn Andrei Codrescu. lived with her on the other side of the tracks: a scandal in the segregated city. The Enquirer fired him. Spurning offers from rival newspapers, Hearn abandoned Cincinnati and departed for New Orleans, ...

Author: Lafcadio Hearn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691189659

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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A collection of twenty-eight brilliant and strange stories, inspired by Japanese folk tales and written by renowned Western expatriate Lafcadio Hearn Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) was one of the nineteenth century’s best-known writers, his name celebrated alongside those of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson. Born in Greece and raised in Ireland, Hearn was a true prodigy and world traveler. He worked as a reporter in Cincinnati, New Orleans, and the West Indies before heading to Japan in 1890 on a commission from Harper’s. There, he married a Japanese woman from a samurai family, changed his name to Koizumi Yakumo, and became a Japanese subject. An avid collector of traditional Japanese tales, legends, and myths, Hearn taught literature and wrote his own tales for both Japanese and Western audiences. Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn brings together twenty-eight of Hearn’s strangest and most entertaining stories in one elegant volume. Hearn’s tales span a variety of genres. Many are fantastical ghost stories, such as “The Corpse-Rider,” in which a man foils the attempts of his former wife’s ghost to haunt him. Some are love stories in which the beloved is not what she appears to be: in “The Story of Aoyagi,” a young samurai narrowly escapes the wrath of his lord for marrying without permission, only to discover that his wife is the spirit of a willow tree. Throughout this collection, Hearn’s reverence for Japan shines through, and his stories provide insights into the country’s artistic and cultural heritage. With an introduction by Andrei Codrescu discussing Hearn’s life and work, as well as a foreword by Jack Zipes, Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn provides a unique window into one writer’s multicultural literary journey.
Categories: Fiction

Grass Lark

Grass Lark

Study of Lafcadio Hearn Elizabeth Stevenson. Henry Watkin, Milton Bronner, ed. (New York, 1907), 42. 2. Ibid., 51–52. 3. “The South,” Cincinnati Commercial, dated from New Orleans Nov. 29, 1877, collected in Hearn, Occidental Gleanings, ...

Author: Elizabeth Stevenson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000677119

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 362

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It is remarkable how persistent a "minor" writer may be. He may lack the large vision and universal message of the great writer, but instead possess a clear, true, intense view of particular places, peoples, and situations that renders hi work unique and irreplacable. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) is such a figure in American literature. Best known as a scholar of Japanese culture, Hearn was a remarkable journalist, translator, travel writer, and perhaps second only to Poe in the literature of the macabre and supernatural. Hearn's life, as strange and colorful as his work, is brilliantly recounted in Elizabeth Stevenson's sensitive and sympathetic biography., The range of Hearn's writing is reflected in the peripatetic course of his life. The son of an Irish father and a Greek mother, he was born on the Ionian island of Leucadia, was raised in Dublin, and came to America at the age of nineteen. His early career was spent as a journalist. Without a trace of condescension or pity he entered into the lives of the dock workers of Cincinnati, the Creoles of New Orleans and Martinique, and later the common villagers of Japan, describing how they lived and worked and what they believed., Elizabeth Stevenson's book is as much about the writer as the man. While giving an accurate measure of the scale of Hearn's achievement, she makes a compelling case for its artistry. Her readlng demonstrates that his writings are not mere aids to the understanding of various cultures but ends in themselves. Hearn did not just translate the folklore of other cultures, he recreated it. The Grass Lark will interest literary scholars. American studies specialists, and folklorists.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

New Orleans in the Atlantic World

New Orleans in the Atlantic World

Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans and the Caribbean Adam Rothman Cosmopolitan and anti-modern, Lafcadio Hearn (1850–1904) arrived in New Orleans in 1877 and spent the next thirteen years of his life in Louisiana and the Caribbean, ...

Author: William Boelhower

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317988434

Category: History

Page: 260

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The thematic project ‘New Orleans in the Atlantic World’ was planned immediately after hurricane Katrina and focuses on what meteorologists have always known: the city’s identity and destiny belong to the broader Caribbean and Atlantic worlds as perhaps no other American city does. Balanced precariously between land and sea, the city’s geohistory has always interwoven diverse cultures, languages, peoples, and economies. Only with the rise of the new Atlantic Studies matrix, however, have scholars been able to fully appreciate this complex history from a multi-disciplinary, multilingual and multi-scaled perspectivism. In this book, historians, geographers, anthropologists, and cultural studies scholars bring to light the atlanticist vocation of New Orleans, and in doing so they also help to define the new field of Atlantic Studies. This book was published as a special issue of Atlantic Studies.
Categories: History

Transnational Gothic

Transnational Gothic

Goebel, Rolf J. “Japan as Western Text: Roland Barthes, Richard Gordon Smith, and Lafcadio Hearn.” Comparative Literature Studies 30.2 ... “Lafcadio Hearn and the Ohrsu Incident. ... Hearn, Lafcadio. Inventing New Orleans: Writings ...

Author: Monika Elbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317006879

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 282

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Offering a variety of critical approaches to late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic literature, this collection provides a transnational view of the emergence and flowering of the Gothic. The essays expand on now well-known approaches to the Gothic (such as those that concentrate exclusively on race, gender, or nation) by focusing on international issues: religious traditions, social reform, economic and financial pitfalls, manifest destiny and expansion, changing concepts of nationhood, and destabilizing moments of empire-building. By examining a wide array of Gothic texts, including novels, drama, and poetry, the contributors present the Gothic not as a peripheral, marginal genre, but as a central mode of literary exchange in an ever-expanding global context. Thus the traditional conventions of the Gothic, such as those associated with Ann Radcliffe and Monk Lewis, are read alongside unexpected Gothic formulations and lesser-known Gothic authors and texts. These include Mary Rowlandson and Bram Stoker, Frances and Anthony Trollope, Louisa May Alcott, Elizabeth Gaskell, Theodore Dreiser, Rudyard Kipling, and Lafcadio Hearn, as well as the actors Edmund Kean and George Frederick Cooke. Individually and collectively, the essays provide a much-needed perspective that eschews national borders in order to explore the central role that global (and particularly transatlantic) exchange played in the development of the Gothic. British, American, Continental, Caribbean, and Asian Gothic are represented in this collection, which seeks to deepen our understanding of the Gothic as not merely a national but a global aesthetic.
Categories: Literary Criticism

New Orleans City Guide

New Orleans City Guide

His own home which he built in the Garden District, 1313 Eighth Street, is occupied today by the New Orleans writer, Flo Field. In 1877 there arrived in New Orleans Lafcadio Hearn, who was to bring Romanticism to a brilliant fruition.

Author: Works Progress Administration

Publisher: Garrett County Press

ISBN: 9781891053405

Category: History

Page: 430

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In 1938, under the direction of novelist and historian Lyle Saxon, The Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration produced this delightfully detailed portrait of New Orleans. Containing recipes, photographs and folklore, it is consistently hailed as one of the best books produced about the city. Remarkably, many of the sites and attractions the WPA chronicled in 1938 are still around today.
Categories: History

Upon Provincialism

Upon Provincialism

Hearn, “Midsummer Trip,” 188; Hearn, “Martinique Sketches,” 448. 31. Rothman, “Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans,” 272. 32. Hearn, “Midsummer Trip,” 214. 33. Charles Chesnutt, “The Future American,” 121-25. 34. Glissant, Poetics of Relation ...

Author: Bill Hardwig

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813934044

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

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Drawing on tourist literature, travelogues, and local-color fiction about the South, Bill Hardwig tracks the ways in which the nation's leading interdisciplinary periodicals, especially the Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and the Century, translated and broadcast the predominant narratives about the late-nineteenth-century South. In many ways, he attests, the national representation of the South was controlled more firmly by periodical editors working in the Northeast, such as William Dean Howells, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, and Richard Watson Gilder, than by writers living in and writing about the region. Fears about national unity, immigration, industrialization, and racial dynamics in the South could be explored through the safe and displaced realm of a regional literature that was often seen as mere entertainment or as a picturesque depiction of quaint rural life. The author examines in depth the short work of George Washington Cable, Charles Chesnutt, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Lafcadio Hearn, Mary Noailles Murfree, and Thomas Nelson Page in the context of the larger periodical investment in the South. Arguing that this local-color fiction calls into question some of the lines of demarcation within U.S. and southern literary and cultural studies, especially those offered by identity-based models, Hardwig returns these writers to the dynamic cultural exchanges within local-color fiction from which they initially emerged.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Lafcadio Hearn s America

Lafcadio Hearn s America

... Introduction: Lafcadio Hearn's America PART I: COMMUNITIES AND THE “UNDER SIDE” OF AMERICA 1. Levee Life: Haunts and Pastimes of the Roustabouts 2. Saint Malo: A Lacustrine Village in Louisiana 3. Sicilians in New Orleans 4.

Author: Simon J. Bronner

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813189239

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The American essays of renowned writer Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904) artistically chronicle the robust urban life of Cincinnati and New Orleans. Hearn is one of the few chroniclers of urban American life in the nineteenth century, and much of this material has not been widely available since the 1950s. Lafcadio Hearn's America collects Hearn's stories of vagabonds, river people, mystics, criminals, and some of the earliest accounts available of black and ethnic urban folklife in America. He was a frequently consulted expert on America during his years in Japan, and these editorials reflect on the problems and possibilities of American life as the country entered its greatest century. Hearn's work, which reflects an America that is less "melting pot" than a varied, spicy, and often exotic gumbo, provide essential background for the study of America's first steps away from its agrarian beginnings.
Categories: Social Science

Humanities

Humanities

BY DANNY HEITMAN In 1869 , an odd little man named Lafcadio Hearn traveled from England to America , the latest stop on a ... In 2007 , editor and Hearn expert Delia LaBarre published The New Orleans of Lafcadio Hearn , which elaborated ...

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ISBN: NWU:35556042496034

Category: Education, Humanistic

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Categories: Education, Humanistic