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by John Lowe

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson acquired 828,000 square miles of French territory in what became known as the Louisiana Purchase. Although today Louisiana makes up only a small portion of this immense territory, this exceptional state embraces a larger-than-life history and a cultural blend unlike any other in the nation. Louisiana Culture from the Colonial Era to Katrina, a collection of fourteen essays compiled and edited by John Lowe, captures all of the flavor and richness of the state’s heritage, illuminating how Louisiana, despite its differences from the rest of the United States, is a microcosm of key national concerns―including regionalism, race, politics, immigration, global connections, folklore, musical traditions, ethnicity, and hybridity.

Divided into five parts, the volume opens with an examination of Louisiana’s origins, with pieces on Native Americans, French and German explorers, and slavery. Two very different but complementary essays follow with investigations into the ongoing attempts to define Creoles and creolization. No collection on Louisiana would be complete without attention to its remarkable literary traditions, and several contributors offer tantalizing readings of some of the Pelican State’s most distinguished writers―a dazzling array of artists any state would be proud to claim. The volume also includes pieces on a couple of eccentric mythologies distinct to Louisiana and explorations of Louisiana’s unique musical heritage.

Throughout, the international slate of contributors explores the idea of place, particularly the concept of Louisiana as the center of the Caribbean wheel, where Cajuns, Creoles, Cubans, Haitians, Jamaicans, and others are part of a New World configuration, connected by their linguistic identity, landscape and climate, religion, and French and Spanish heritage. A poignant conclusion considers the devastating impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and what the storms mean for Louisiana’s cultural future.

A rich portrait of Louisiana culture, this volume stands as a reminder of why that culture must be preserved.

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ISBN: 080713337X
ISBN13: 978-0807133378
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: John Lowe
Language: English
Publisher: LSU Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2008)
Pages: 344 pages
ePUB size: 1591 kb
FB2 size: 1919 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Louisiana's racial and cultural diversity is truly unique and I've longed for a dissertation on the subject for purely edifying purposes. As a proud Louisianan, I recommend this book so we all can know the wonder that is our great state.
Liberal literati admiration of the Deep South, a peculiar affectation, in essence similar to cuckoldry. These academics spend their entire careers creating screeds about white men, racism, sexism, multiculturalism and almost categorically condemn all history hitherto, and then at the end of the day they cling to an artifact like the 'Deep South' for meaning.

A dramatic vulgarization in language, the word 'Culture' has had a crazy history since the 19th century. The difference between the use of 'culture' in Nietzsche and that of John Lowe's drooling liberal prologue are diametrically opposed to each other. Culture here is merely a proxy for Derridian Deconstruction. We get a few overtures to impartial cultural relics and then another smattering of Edward Said, Derrida, Foucault, and so on and so forth. A couple essays are about long bygone, innocuous cultural relics that have absolutely no meaning for contemporary Louisiana or even of yesterday. Hegel's owl dictum again; they're purely academic fascinations.

Race is discussed in usual liberal fashion, that is, it's a non-discussion. Katrina is blow out of proportions by Professor Lowe, deliberately as the widened scope serves merely as a proxy for his racial animosity, as it always is amongst blacks who continue to feel that Katrina was another white conspiracy. Aside from the obligatory bow to feminism, a full fifth of the book is predictably dedicated to Jazz and Black history. And that's it.

Mr. Lowe was one of my professors at LSU, teaching the first American history course in the English lit chronology. Mr. Lowe is a very high-yellow self-identifying black man, higher-yellow than Lolo Jones. Obviously this is a prime cause for his stridently anti-white orientation. I remember writing an overtly atheistic essay about early American poetry. When meeting with Mr. Lowe to discuss the writing, he noticed the philosophical element of the essay and, giving me a very scrutinizing look, asked "You understand that philosophy is culturally relative, right?".

Amongst his numerous tangents about African history, he compared public statues from ancient Greece and those found in Africa, stating to the entire class how the penises on male statues in Greece were small compared to the large penises found on male statues in Africa. That gesture by Lowe really sums up his entire existence and that of the contemporary University.

Mr. Lowe has lived and studied at Vanderbilt, Columbia, Georgia State. He is a sophisticate with pouty instincts, an academic technician and a strident liberal. Can he really tell us what Louisiana Culture is? He can tell us what Liberals see in the Deep South, but that's not the Deep South. The only real thing about the Deep South is black vs white, that's all its ever been. Whatever your reasoning, you're either for it or against it, and that means the difference between Louisiana and non-Louisiana (liberalized). All distinctions peculiar to this state are predicated by white vs black, so with the ever-advancing liberal war on that difference those distinctions have consequentially vanished. Only the purely racial remains, the hysteria over Katrina being an example. The Literati think its their job to preserve the shattered remains wrought by their own liberalism, either as affectation or as another leverage in the war on whitey. Such books consequentially have a marginal scope and so don't escape their echo-chamber.