The thematic project ‘New Orleans in the Atlantic World’ was planned immediately after hurricane Katrina and focuses on what meteorologists have always known: the city’s identity and destiny belong to the broader Caribbean and Atlantic worlds as perhaps no other American city does. Balanced precariously between land and sea, the city’s geohistory has always interwoven diverse cultures, languages, peoples, and economies. Only with the rise of the new Atlantic Studies matrix, however, have scholars been able to fully appreciate this complex history from a multi-disciplinary, multilingual and multi-scaled perspectivism. In this book, historians, geographers, anthropologists, and cultural studies scholars bring to light the atlanticist vocation of New Orleans, and in doing so they also help to define the new field of Atlantic Studies.
This book was published as a special issue of Atlantic Studies.
Section 1 1. Introduction William Boelhower 2. Unheralded Contributions Across the Atlantic World Jay D. Edwards 3. Meaning of Water in the American South: Transatlantic Encounters Craig E. Colten 4. Greater Louisiana Connections and Conjunctures: Placing New Orleans in an Atlantic Time-Geographic Perspective Kent Mathewson 5. White Lies: Human Property and Domestic Slavery Aboard the Slave Ship 'Creole' Walter Johnson 6. Lafcadio Hearn in New Orleans and the Caribbean Adam Rothman 7. History from Below the Water Line: Sharks and the Atlantic Slave Trade Marcus Rediker Section 2 8. Introduction William Boelhower 9. Locating the Isle of Orleans: Atlantic and American Historiographical Perspectives Mark L. Thompson 10. Slave Trade Merchants of Spanish New Orleans, 1763–1803: Clarifying the Colonial Slave Trade to Louisiana in Atlantic Perspective Douglas B. Chambers 11. ‘Keep Alive the Powers of Africa’: Katherine Dunham, Zora Neale Hurston, Maya Deren, and the circum-Caribbean Culture of Vodoun Dorothea Fischer-Hornung 12. Placing Louisiana in the Francophone World: Opportunities and Challenges Alexander B. Murphy 13. (Post-)K New Orleans and the Hispanic Atlantic: Geographic Method and Meaning Andrew Sluyter