Voices from Louisiana: Profiles of Contemporary Writers
Published by: LSU Press
Imprint: LSU Press
Sales Date: 2018-03-21
Published: March 2018
Imprint: LSU Press
Page Count: 160 Pages
Dimensions: 139.00 x 215.00
160 Pages, 139.00 x 215.00 mm
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Voices from Louisiana provides thoughtful, timely profiles of some of the state?s most highly regarded and popular contemporary authors. Readers interested in Louisiana?s rich literary tradition will appreciate these evocative essays on writers whose works emanate from the cultures and landscapes of the Gulf South.
Ann Brewster Dobie explores the works of eleven well-known authors and concludes with a look at several emerging talents. These writers work in a broad range of genres, from coming-of-age stories and historical narratives that recover the voices of silenced and oppressed peoples, to crime thrillers set in New Iberia and New Orleans, to poetic invocations of the natural world and narratives capturing the realities of working-class lives. Whether native to the state or transplants, these writers produce works that reflect the vibrant culture that defines the intricate literary landscape of the Pelican State.
Dobie highlights the careers of Darrell Bourque, James Lee Burke, Ernest Gaines, Tim Gautreaux, Shirley Ann Grau, Greg Guirard, William Joyce, Julie Kane, Tom Piazza, Martha Serpas, and James Wilcox. Newcomers also profiled include Wiley Cash, Ashley Mace Havird, Anne L. Simon, Katy Simpson Smith, Ashley Weaver, Steve Weddle, and Ken Wheaton.
Voices from Louisiana, yet another Ann Brewster Dobie academic tour de force from one of America?s most gifted English scholars, melds deep knowledge with critical acumen. Lee Morgan
Voices from Louisiana is a remarkably fresh yet scholarly collection of essays on a diverse group of living Louisiana writers. Distinctive for its easy-to-read yet well-researched style and its intimate interviews, this collection gives equal measure to authors with deep Louisiana roots and to transplants and newcomers. Dobie has her finger on the pulse of Louisiana literature. Richard Louth