Blood and Irony: Southern White Women's Narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 / Edition 1

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Overview

Gardner reveals how southern white women writers created a cultural identity for themselves by consciously constructing a historical memory of the Civil War that fit the political and cultural needs of white southerners. Includes work from writers such as Ellen Glasgow, Margaret Mitchell, and Katherine Anne Porter, as well as pamphlets from the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A prodigious work of scholarship."
American Historical Review

"Cogently argued and beautifully written. . . .Blood & Irony is an important book that will undoubtedly stimulate much debate in the years to come."
Georgia Historical Quarterly

A welcome addition to a new body of scholarship.

Civil War Book Review

"Gardner accomplishes her task with remarkable sensitivity, examining the complexities of women's writings without losing sight of their reactionary tendencies.

Laura F. Edwards, The North Carolina Historical Review"

A welcome addition to the growing scholarship on women and the creation of historical memory.

Civil War History

A very readable account of the Southern female writers who for decades after the Civil War entertained American readers.

Washington Times

An impressively researched and thoroughly contextualized argument. . . . Highly recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807857670
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/7/2006
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah E. Gardner is associate professor of history at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Everywoman Her Own Historian
Chapter 1. Pen and Ink Warriors, 1861-1865
Chapter 2. Countrywomen in Captivity, 1865-1877
Chapter 3. A View from the Mountain, 1877-1895
Chapter 4. The Imperative of Historical Inquiry, 1895-1905
Chapter 5. Righting the Wrongs of History, 1905-1915
Chapter 6. Moderns Confront the Civil War, 1916-1936
Epilogue. Everything That Rises Must Converge
Notes
Bibliography
Index

Illustrations

Loula Kendall Rogers, 1865
Loula Kendall Rogers
Illustration from Chapin's Fitz-Hugh St. Clair
Illustration from Chapin's Fitz-Hugh St. Clair
Illustration from Chapin's Fitz-Hugh St. Clair
Illustration from Williams's Who's the Patriot?
Mary Noailles Murfree
Illustration from Glasgow's Deliverance
General James and Helen Dortch Longstreet, 1901
Ellen Glasgow
Illustration from Glasgow's Voice of the People
Illustration from Glasgow's The Battle-Ground
Illustration from Glasgow's Deliverance
Mary Johnston
Illustration from Johnston's The Long Roll

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