French-language folktales, Avoyelles Parish, 1944

Description

This digital collection is comprised of audio recordings of seventy-nine folktales recorded by Calvin Claudel in Avoyelles Parish in the 1940s.

All recordings are by persons who were natives of Avoyelles Parish and were bilingual in French and English. Claudel had a special interest in magic tales and numbskull tales (about the humorous misadventures of fools) and sought to demonstrate a connection between Louisiana and French folk traditions.

According to Thomas Klingler, Associate Professor of French, the recordings “are a treasure trove for linguistic studies that give us a rare window onto Louisiana French from over 70 years ago.” Barry Jean Ancelet, folklorist and emeritus Granger & Debaillon Endowed Professor in Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, said the collection is “an important one in the history of Louisiana French oral tradition studies.”

A folklorist and professor of romance languages, Calvin Andre Claudel (1916-1988) was born in Avoyelles Parish. He completed his dissertation, “A Study of Louisiana French Folktales in Avoyelles Parish,” at the University of North Carolina in 1948. He used Presto recording equipment to record the interviews. Presto was an instantaneous recording technique using aluminum plates coated with a cellulose nitrate based lacquer. LaRC sent the plates to an audio conservator in Philadelphia who created the archival digital files that are now available online.

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Jean Sot - La Bouillie
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
Jean Sot - Le souper
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
Jean Sot Les Commissions
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
Jean Sot - Les Commissions
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
Jeannette et Jean
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
L Alouette et la Fermier
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Bague
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Princesse et le Crapaud
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Saucisse la Souris et l Oiseau
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Souris de Campagne et la Souris de Ville
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Souris la saucisse et l oiseau
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Tortue et La Chevreuil
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Tourte et La Tortue
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Vieille Femme et sa Chaudiere
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu
La Vielle et sa Chaudiere
12 inch phonograph record, larc@tulane.edu

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