Ernest J. Gaines Short Fiction Analysis
Strongly influenced by the folkways of rural Louisiana, Ernest J. Gaines’s narratives all reflect a cultural heritage enriched by a strong oral tradition. Although his fiction’s main focus is on the African American community, the author’s work also reflects the cultural diversity of his native parish, Pointe Coupee, by Creoles, Cajuns, and Anglo-American entrepreneurs, overseers, and law officials. Among Gaines’s acknowledged literary mentors are the nineteenth century Russian masters, for their treatment of peasantry; Ernest Hemingway, for his understatement and “grace under pressure” theme; and William Faulkner, for his mastery of locale and the oral narrative.
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