The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 / Edition 1

The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865 / Edition 1

by Alice Fahs
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807825816

ISBN-13: 9780807825815

Pub. Date: 01/22/2001

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In this groundbreaking work of cultural history, Alice Fahs explores a little-known and fascinating side of the Civil War—the outpouring of popular literature inspired by the conflict. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a remarkable variety of war-related compositions, including poems, songs, children's stories,

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In this groundbreaking work of cultural history, Alice Fahs explores a little-known and fascinating side of the Civil War—the outpouring of popular literature inspired by the conflict. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a remarkable variety of war-related compositions, including poems, songs, children's stories, romances, novels, histories, and even humorous pieces. Fahs mines these rich but long-neglected resources to recover the diversity of the war's political and social meanings.

Instead of narrowly portraying the Civil War as a clash between two great, white armies, popular literature offered a wide range of representations of the conflict and helped shape new modes of imagining the relationships of diverse individuals to the nation. Works that explored the war's devastating impact on white women's lives, for example, proclaimed the importance of their experiences on the home front, while popular writings that celebrated black manhood and heroism in the wake of emancipation helped readers begin to envision new roles for blacks in American life.

Recovering a lost world of popular literature, The Imagined Civil War adds immeasurably to our understanding of American life and letters at a pivotal point in our history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807825815
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
01/22/2001
Series:
Civil War America Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1.Popular Literary Culture in Wartime17
2.The Early Spirit of War61
3.The Sentimental Soldier93
4.The Feminized War120
5.Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation of Popular Literature150
6.The Humor of War195
7.The Sensational War225
8.A Boys' and Girls' War256
9.The Market Value of Memory: Histories of the War287
Epilogue311
Notes319
Bibliography365
Index393

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