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Travels with Mae: Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood

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With a series of lyrical vignettes Eileen M. Julien traces her life as an African American woman growing up in middle-class New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s. Julien's narratives focus on her relationship with her mother, family, community, and the city itself, while touching upon life after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Haunted by a colonial past associated with African presence, racial mixing, and suspect rituals, New Orleans has served the national imagination as a place of exoticism where objectionable people and unsavory practices can be found. The destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath revealed New Orleans' deep poverty and marginalized population, and brought a media storm that perpetuated the city's stigma. Travels with Mae lovingly restores the wonder of this great city, capturing both its beauty and its pain through the eyes of an insider.

About the Author

Eileen M. Julien is Professor of Comparative Literature, African American and African Diaspora Studies, and French and Italian at Indiana University Bloomington. She is Chairperson of the Department of Comparative Literature and author of African Novels and the Question of Orality (IUP, 1992).

Table of Contents

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Contents

Acknowledgments

What I Keep in My Freezer; or You Are What You Eat

Routines

Oatmeal Collage

A Streetcar Story

A Glimmer of Gender

Going to Algiers

"Buttons, anyone?" A Pacific Street Story

Room at the Top

Connie

The Jug's Ball

"The Country"

Facts of Life

Money Troubles

Fudge and Jelly Donuts

The Shadow of Death

A Woman's Place

Brother Boyfriends

The House They Didn't Buy

Family Affairs

She Would Have Typed All Night

Small Victories

Daddy's Public Voice

Hurricane Betsy

Groovin'

Christmas '66

My Mother, My Hair

Getting Over It

Eunice, Mae, and Me

Questions of Power

Losing Mae

Arriving Late

Daddy's Gumbo

Conversation

Reflections

Revisiting

Birthday Surprise

Dakar Hair

The Carnival Spirit

Katrina

The Wake of the Storm

The Keys

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253353160
Subtitle:
Scenes from a New Orleans Girlhood
Author:
Julien, Eileen M.
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
History
Subject:
Family
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Subject:
New Orleans (La.) Social life and customs.
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
African American; African American Studies; American Studies; Autobiography; Biography and Memoir; History; Memoirs and Letters
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20090519
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 color illus., 23 bandw photos
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
9.59 x 6.3 x 0.63 in

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