Currently, southern Louisiana faces rapid coastal erosion due to the development of the oil industry, sea level rise, and salt-water intrusion that kills and washes away protective vegetation. Along with these environmental disasters, the communities on Louisiana's islands face cultural erosion as their land changes, erodes, and they are forced to move.Furthermore, as the land changes, the literature that is based on those islands are severely affected. In analyzing the importance of the environment and cultural production in Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Lafcadio Hearn's Chita: A Memory of Last Island, and stories I've collected from the Biloxi-Chitimacha chief on the Isle de Jean Charles, I argue how important is it to protect both the stories and the land itself.
Keith, Amanda, "Louisiana Island Stories: Cultural and Coastal Erosion, As Seen Through Kate Chopin's the Awakening, Lafcadio Hearn's Chita: a Memory of Last Island, and the Stories of Isle De Jean Charles" (2011). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 487.
Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority
kate chopin, lafcadio hearn, grand isle, isle de jean charles, louisiana, environment, cultural production, islands
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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