Tales of the Sabine Borderlands: Early Louisiana and Texas Fiction by Theodore Pavie

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Oktober 1998



In 1830, eighteen-year-old Theodore Pavie traveled west on the Camino Real from Natchitoches, in the new state of Louisiana, to Nacogdoches, Texas, which remained under Mexican rule. After he returned to France, he wrote these four stories that are rich in the details of life he observed in the Louisiana-Texas border region."Le Negre" depicts the internal dynamics of a Louisiana slave community in an elemental tale of good versus evil. Pavie contrasts the nobility of the tragic hero, once a tribal chief in Africa, with the inhumanity of his white overseer."Le Lazo" is one of the first pieces of Texas or Western literature. It is an enigmatic blend of reportage and imagination reflecting the effects of the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827, the Spanish invasion of Mexico in 1829, and the passage of the Law of 6 April 1830.The fear inspired by Texas' unstable political situation in the 1820s drives the action of "The Bearskin", set in Lousiana's planter society."El Capuchin" tells of a full-blooded Spaniard and his Creole wife who flee increasing political hostilities in Mexican Texas. Once east of the Sabine, a lonely planter (probably a remnant of the pirate Lafitte's band) and his concubine take the couple in and alter their fate.After Pavie's death in 1896, his works slipped into quiet oblivion until Betje Klier discovered his travel journal and letters.These treasures of ethnographic fiction and historical detail should interest folklorists, historians, anthropologists, and anyone else curious about early life and literature in the region.


Betje Black Klier, a specialist in French culture and civilization and nineteenthcentury FrancoTexas history, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently an independent researcher and writer in Austin, Texas.Eighteenthcentury scholar and professor of French at Duke University Philip Stewart is presently a visiting professor at the Sorbonne.A specialist in nineteenthcentury art and literature, Alexandra K. Wettlaufer is assistant professor of French and Comparative Literature in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas at Austin.Anne C. Marsh is a doctoral student in twentiethcentury French literature at the University of Texas at Austin.
EAN: 9780890968543
ISBN: 0890968543
Untertitel: 'Centennial Series of the Assoc'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 1998
Seitenanzahl: 128 Seiten
Übersetzer/Sprecher: Übersetzt von Anne C. Marsh
Format: kartoniert
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