Always the Tragic Jezebel: New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourse of a Doomed Southern City

Always the Tragic Jezebel: New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourse of a Doomed Southern City essay .................... New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourse of a Doomed Southern City by Michael P. Bibler Consider the following narrative: Just before the disaster hit New Orleans, authorities urged every able citizen to leave at once. Those with means fled to safer ground outside the city, while the recalcitrant and the poor stayed behind. Then, almost immediately, the disaster struck, spawning terror and chaos and sending city leaders scrambling for a plan. They sealed off all the roads and waterways and forbade anyone to enter or leave New Orleans without a pass from the governor. Officials in the outlying parishes had orders to shoot anyone who "crossed the line." This probably sounds to many people like Katrina's harrowing collision with New Orleans in 2005. It is, in fact, the second half of the 1938 Bette Davis film, Jezebel. A Canal Street patrol the week after Katrina, Department of Defense photograph by Sergeant Michael J. Carden, U.S. Army. onsider the following narrative: Just before the disaster hit New Orleans, authorities urged every able citizen to leave at once. Those with means fled to safer ground outside the city, while the recalcitrant and the poor stayed behind. Then, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Always the Tragic Jezebel: New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourse of a Doomed Southern City

Southern Cultures, Volume 14 (2) – May 10, 2008

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essay .................... New Orleans, Katrina, and the Layered Discourse of a Doomed Southern City by Michael P. Bibler Consider the following narrative: Just before the disaster hit New Orleans, authorities urged every able citizen to leave at once. Those with means fled to safer ground outside the city, while the recalcitrant and the poor stayed behind. Then, almost immediately, the disaster struck, spawning terror and chaos and sending city leaders scrambling for a plan. They sealed off all the roads and waterways and forbade anyone to enter or leave New Orleans without a pass from the governor. Officials in the outlying parishes had orders to shoot anyone who "crossed the line." This probably sounds to many people like Katrina's harrowing collision with New Orleans in 2005. It is, in fact, the second half of the 1938 Bette Davis film, Jezebel. A Canal Street patrol the week after Katrina, Department of Defense photograph by Sergeant Michael J. Carden, U.S. Army. onsider the following narrative: Just before the disaster hit New Orleans, authorities urged every able citizen to leave at once. Those with means fled to safer ground outside the city, while the recalcitrant and the poor stayed behind. Then,

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Published: May 10, 2008

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