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Disarming the Nation: Women's Writing and the American Civil War - Women in Culture and Society Series (Paperback)
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Disarming the Nation: Women's Writing and the American Civil War - Women in Culture and Society Series (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 13/01/2000
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In this study of Civil War literature, Elizabeth Young shows that American women writers have been profoundly influenced by the Civil War and that, in turn, their works have contributed to conceptions of the war and its aftermath. Offering reassessments of works by white writers such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott and Margaret Mitchell, and African-American writers including Elizabeth Keckley, Frances Harper and Margaret Walker, Young also highlights lesser-known texts such as the memoirs of women who masqueraded as soldiers. In each case she explores the interdependence of gender with issues of race, sexuality, region and nation. Combining literary analysis, cultural history and feminist theory, this book argues that the Civil War functioned in women's writings to connect female bodies with the body politic. Women writers used the idea of "civil war" as a metaphor to represent struggles between and within women - including struggles against the cultural prescriptions of "civility". At the same time, these writers also reimagined the nation itself, foregrounding women in their visions of America at war and in peace. In a substantial afterword, Young shows how contemporary black and white women - including those who crossdress in Civil War re-enactments - continue to reshape the meanings of the war in ways startlingly similar to their 19th-century counterparts.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226960883
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 228 x 150 x 22 mm

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