I will write and submit the abstract here, and so should you. (The conference starts on a Thursday and I’ll teach my first class, farm the other two out, and go.)
I will finish my book orders and also work as much as I can on the syllabus and reading for that class.
I will make my plans for Florida and beyond. I will look up the Rob Stone books as well.
I will visit the ASUC store and REI. I will see Liz and Susan for work, and maybe others, for fun.
For the abstract, very rough:
Is it Bhabha, Mary L. Pratt, Said, who, how many say that looking at oneself through the eyes of the metropolis is a colonial trope? In Cecilia Valdés Villaverde represents Cuba with New Orleans eyes (Cuba sees itself through other eyes) but the New Orleans through which Cuba is seen is itself a construction based upon Northeastern tourists’ perceptions of Haitian immigrants. What was the French, but also heavily Spanish Louisiana actually like, before Americanization and also before the refrancesamiento created another fantasy image of the state? I will look at C. V. and K. Chopin but also G. W. Cable and A. Carpentier, but also N.O. press and lesser known writers like Charles Gayarré.
I discovered a Steven Yates who has interesting books and an interesting blog that will be good for my other article.