Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis explores the roles of French patriarchal ideologies of the Enlightenment and exoticism in Alfred Mercier’s novel, L’habitation Saint-Ybars. His novel portrays the antebellum Creole plantation as a hierarchy of strict gender roles similar to those that Enlightenment philosophy espoused. I use the family in Bernardin de Saint-Pierre’s classic, Paul et Virginie, as one example of such a hierarchy. There are also, however, several instances where Mercier departs from the paternalistic norm. I interpret Mercier’s moving away from this model to be a declaration of a unique Louisianian identity.
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Cashell, Mary Florence, "Postcolonial writing in Louisiana: surpassing the role of French traditionalism in Alfred Mercier's L'habitation Saint-Ybars" (2008). LSU Master's Theses. 1117.