In the second half of the nineteenth century, writers in various parts of USA developed a genre of which women would be major practitioners. It was first called `Local Color` literature, for it realistically represented the languages, customs, geography, and manners of specific regions. Yet complex workings of geographical as well as gender hierarchies of American society made the works dealing with the Southern/rural lives a diminished version of canonical Realism dealing with the Northeastern/urban. The Northeast editors often than not used Local Color, or Regional literature, to confirm the Northeast as an American literary center in keeping with the North`s position as a victor of the Civil War. Kate Chopin, a Southern woman writer, was quite aware of the complex politics operating around so called Local Color-both the benefits and the risks of her being associated with it She identified herself with European realism, expecially French Maupassant Yet she used effectively both the literary conventions as well as the marginalized status of Local Color in her works In her "Desiree`S Baby"(1892) and "La Belle Zoraide"(1893), the literary conventions of `tragic mulatta` standing on the color line and the exotic Creole cultures were effectively used to cover her subversive messages.