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Author Fahs, Alice.

Title The imagined Civil War : popular literature of the North & South, 1861-1865 / Alice Fahs.

Published Chapel Hill [N.C.] ; London : University of North Carolina Press, [2001]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  810.9358 FAHS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xi, 410 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 25 cm.
Series Civil War America.
Civil War America.
Notes Enlargement of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--New York University.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-391) and index.
Contents 1. Popular Literary Culture in Wartime 17 -- 2. Early Spirit of War 61 -- 3. Sentimental Soldier 93 -- 4. Feminized War 120 -- 5. Kingdom Coming: The Emancipation of Popular Literature 150 -- 6. Humor of War 195 -- 7. Sensational War 225 -- 8. A Boys' and Girls' War 256 -- 9. Market Value of Memory: Histories of the War 287.
Summary The Civil War inspired a remarkable outpouring of popular literature. From 1861 to 1865, authors and publishers in both the North and the South produced a torrent of war-related works, including poems, songs, children's stories, romances, novels, histories, and even humorous pieces. Mining these rich but long-neglected sources, Alice Fahs demonstrates that 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--including African Americans--to the nation.
Subject 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.
ISBN 0807825816 (cloth : alk. paper)