New Orleans Picaresque: Revisiting the Space of Lafcadio Hearn

By Barbara Lekatsas.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Hearn defined the character and spirit of New Orleans as a writer for the Times-Democrat(1877-1887)and novelist. I would like to see his work in light of French Symbolism and Decadence.

Keywords: Hearn, Lafcadio, Bohemianism, Decadence, European Movements, Creole Culture, New Orleans, Last Island Disaster, Louisiana, Greece

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.482MB).

Prof. Barbara Lekatsas

My specialization in modern movements began in graduate school(PhD, NYU 1985,Comparative Literature), although I focus, as well, on how modernism and classicism interact and share values. I love archives and poetry cafes. At Hofstra, I began as curator of the unique Weingrow Collection of Avant-Garde Art and Literature(see bibliography by same name, Greenwood Press, 1985)(till 1994)and also work with the Hatch-Billops Collection of Afro-American Art. Some recent publications: "Late Twentieth Century African-American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection: From Realism to Abstraction," essay for exhibition, "History of Absence," Chattahoochie Valley Art Museum, LaGrange, Georgia(2004), "Ancient Greece and Modern Feminism," in Critical Essays on Contemporary European Culture and Society(Lang, 2003), "Andre Breton" Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press, 2002), just to give you a sense of parameters. I am co-founder of the Greek-American Writers Association(meets 6-8, every third Saturday of Month, Cornelia Street Cafe, Bleecker Street)in New York. The last time I was in New Orleans (2002) was as an invited poet(see Persephone, Cross-Cultural Communications Press) at the Associated Writing Programs(AWP) Annual Conference.

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