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The imagined Civil War : popular literature of the North & South, 1861-1865

by Fahs, Alice.

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Andrew Carnegie Free Library Civil War 973.7 FAHS
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Civil War
Call Number  973.7 FAHS
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 810.9 Fahs
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  810.9 Fahs
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.

Additional Information
Series Civil War America (Series)
Subjects War and literature -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
War and literature -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
War stories, American -- History and criticism.
War poetry, American -- History and criticism.
War in literature.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Literature and the war.
Southern States -- In literature.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,2001
Language English
Notes Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--New York University.
Description xi, 410 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [365]-391) and index.
ISBN 0807825816 (cloth : alk. paper)
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