At the end of the 19th century the Crescent City—with its Vieux Carré, volatile social history and racial complexity—was the setting, source and subject of some of America’s best writing. We’ll read and discuss a selection of short stories about the lives of New Orleans black and white residents in this historic era. The stories of the period are by Kate Chopin, George Washington Cable, Grace King and Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Required text: Creole Life in Old New Orleans edited by Doug Cooper. Order E-book or paperback: www.lulu.com (the short stories for the course are included in the text). Stories are also available in the course outline.
Doug Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org) has taught college English courses in the United States and overseas as well as many popular courses at College for Seniors since 2003. A number of these were literature courses. Others were film courses on English and American authors, film genres, foreign film directors and various topics.