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Blood & irony : Southern white women's narratives of the Civil War, 1861-1937 / Sarah E. Gardner.

By: Gardner, Sarah E.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2003Description: x, 341 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0807828181 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780807828182 (cloth : alk. paper).Other title: Blood and irony.Subject(s): Confederate States of America -- Historiography | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Historiography | Southern States -- Intellectual life -- 1865- | Group identity -- Southern States -- History | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war | American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Women and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Women and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century | Southern States -- In literature | Group identity in literatureAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Blood & irony.DDC classification: 973.7/13/072
Contents:
Everywoman her own historian -- Pen and ink warriors, 1861-1865 -- Countrywomen in captivity, 1865-1877 -- A view from the mountain, 1877-1895 -- The imperative of historical inquiry, 1895-1905 -- Righting the wrongs of history, 1905-1915 -- Moderns confront the Civil War, 1916-1936 -- Everything that rises must converge.
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Based on the author's doctoral thesis, Emory University.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 305-336) and index.

Everywoman her own historian -- Pen and ink warriors, 1861-1865 -- Countrywomen in captivity, 1865-1877 -- A view from the mountain, 1877-1895 -- The imperative of historical inquiry, 1895-1905 -- Righting the wrongs of history, 1905-1915 -- Moderns confront the Civil War, 1916-1936 -- Everything that rises must converge.

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A harsh critic of her native South, early-20th-century novelist Ellen Glasgow prescribed "blood and irony" to cure the region's cultural shortcomings--blood to stimulate its creativity, and irony to promote a critical vision that would counter sentimentality. Gardner (Mercer Univ.) situates Glasgow and her predecessors and successors inside an impressively researched and thoroughly contextualized argument revealing that the ongoing reconstruction of the war experience served to soothe the region's psyche and reshape an unpalatable past. The accounts of those who lived through the war were rich in variety, according to Gardner, but this variety narrowed as the powerful United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) put forth a programmatic regime demanding rigorous study and production of the right kind of history--epic narratives unveiling a divine plan, rather than professional histories based on evidence and scientific method. Gardner brilliantly shows the UDC's determination to win the war over memory and history and its ultimate success in shaping not only regional, but national, understanding. She cements her argument regarding southern women's literary influence with an analysis of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind (1936), the "modern" novel that finally turned attention away from the Old South toward the New, in ways quite different from its contemporaries. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most libraries. M. A. McEuen Transylvania University

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Sarah E. Gardner is associate professor of history at Mercer University.

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