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

ISBN-10: 0807854638
ISBN-13: 9780807854631
Edition: 2003
Authors: Alice Fahs
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

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.

Alice Fahs is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine, and author of The Imagined Civil War: Popular Literature of the North and South, 1861-1865.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Popular Literary Culture in Wartime
The Early Spirit of War
The Sentimental Soldier
The Feminized War
Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation of Popular Literature
The Humor of War
The Sensational War
A Boys' and Girls' War
The Market Value of Memory: Histories of the War
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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