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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

21 - The Civil War in Literary Memory

from Part III - Outcomes

Summary

The first of these themes (the accurate depiction of war) brings together research on a series of writers who attempted to describe the battles of the Civil War in their fiction such as Ambrose Bierce, John Esten Cooke, Herman Melville, and Frances E. W. Harper. The second (the social construction of gender norms) involves the analysis of narratives that depict shifting gender roles during the conflict such as Augusta Jane Evan’s novel Macaria and Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches, a book which provides an excellent opportunity for discussing the relation of nonfiction genres such as memoir to literary forms.