Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures

First Advisor

Katherine Adams


particular, it examines The Goodness of St. Rocqueand New Orleans as a site of racial and ethnic confluence. Dunbar-Nelson deals closely with racial and ethnic identities of Creoles in New Orleans during the late nineteenth-century and attempts to show the ways in which markers of ethnicity and connections to other countries upset the black-white racial binary being forced upon residents of New Orleans by outside forces. Dunbar- Nelson uses spatial and sociocultural characteristics of space to comment on the ways in which classification is imposed upon her characters, but shows the disruptive and often dangerous consequences of this imposition. Through an examination of several short stories from Dunbar-Nelson's collection, I work to show the violence of classification present in The Goodness of St. Rocque and how categorization is something Dunbar- Nelson asks of the reader, only to then reveal the reasons these racial taxonomies are harmful. Classification is inescapable but Dunbar-Nelson presents way to expand upon the narrow views of racial and ethnic identities that were prevalent during the late nineteenth-century.


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