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

By: Fahs, AliceMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandCivil War America: Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2001Edition: 1Description: 1 online resource (425 p.)ISBN: 9780807899298Subject(s): American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Popular literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism | Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism | Southern States -- In literature | United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war | War and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | War and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century | War poetry, American -- History and criticism | War stories, American -- History and criticismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Imagined Civil War : Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865DDC classification: 810.9/358 LOC classification: PS217.C58F34 2001Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Popular Literary Culture in Wartime; 2. The Early Spirit of War; 3. The Sentimental Soldier; 4. The Feminized War; 5. Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation of Popular Literature; 6. The Humor of War; 7. The Sensational War; 8. A Boys' and Girls' War; 9. The Market Value of Memory: Histories of the War; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index
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Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. Popular Literary Culture in Wartime; 2. The Early Spirit of War; 3. The Sentimental Soldier; 4. The Feminized War; 5. Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation of Popular Literature; 6. The Humor of War; 7. The Sensational War; 8. A Boys' and Girls' War; 9. The Market Value of Memory: Histories of the War; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index

Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865

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The preeminent literary histories of the Civil War, Daniel Aaron's The Unwritten War (CH, Feb'74) and Edmund Wilson's Patriotic Gore (1962), focus on canonical writers, intellectuals, and the cultural elite, and each argues that the war years were not the occasion of significant achievement in belles lettres. Fahs (Univ. of California, Irvine) does not directly disagree, but she argues that the outpouring of popular war literature--poetry, stories, novels, children's books, songs, serial histories, humor--was "vitally important in shaping a cultural politics of war." Her copiously researched book has an excellent bibliography and may prove to have heuristic value. She shows that this fiction embodies interesting tensions and contradictions in US attitudes toward race (especially the emancipated black male) and gender, opening those categories in potentially liberating ways while simultaneously sentimentalizing and sensationalizing the war's meaning, and finally yielding in the postw ar years to a popular literature that reverts to a masculinized, racialized understanding of the war's meaning. The book's weakness stems from the fact that the author devotes so much attention to describing particular works that she fails to develop her larger argument--especially the treatment of the war as a salable commodity--as fully as she might have. Useful in all academic collections. G. Grieve-Carlson Lebanon Valley College

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