Barbara C. Ewell

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Biography

Barbara C. Ewell is the Dorothy H. Brown Distinguished Professor Emerita of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where she taught southern literature, late 19th-century American literature, Louisiana literature, and women’s studies. Her books include Kate Chopin and several coedited volumes including Louisiana Women Writers, Southern Local Color, and most recently Anthology of Spanish American Thought and Culture.

 

 


Schedule

Noon to 12:30 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 3
Book Talk
Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


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Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans

A vibrant exploration of the Crescent City's distinctive in-between spaces

Contributions by Carrie Bernhard, Scott Bernhard, Marilyn R. Brown, Richard Campanella, John P. Clark, Joel Dinerstein, Pableaux Johnson, John P. Klingman, Angel Adams Parham, Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Ruth Salvaggio, Christopher Schaberg, Teresa A. Toulouse, and Beth Willinger

Much has been written about New Orleans's distinctive architecture and urban fabric, as well as the city's art, literature, and music. There is, however, little discussion connecting these features. Sweet Spots--a title drawn from jazz musicians' name for the space "in-between" performers and dancers where music best resonates--provides multiple connections between the city's spaces, its complex culture, and its future. Drawing on the late Tulane architect Malcolm Heard's ideas about "interstitial" spaces, this collection examines how a variety of literal and represented "in-between" spaces in New Orleans have addressed race, class, gender, community, and environment. As scholars of architecture, art, African American studies, English, history, jazz, philosophy, and sociology, the authors incorporate materials from architectural history and practice, literary texts, paintings, drawings, music, dance, and even statistical analyses. Interstitial space refers not only to functional elements inside and outside of many New Orleans houses-- high ceilings, hidden staircases, galleries, and courtyards--but also to compelling spatial relations between the city's houses, streets, and neighborhoods.

Rich with visual materials, Sweet Spots reveals the ways that diverse New Orleans spaces take on meanings and accrete stories that promote certain consequences both for those who live in them and for those who read such stories. The volume evokes, preserves, criticizes, and amends understanding of a powerful and often-missed feature of New Orleans's elusive reality.

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