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eBook Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865-1900 epub
  • ISBN: 1558496890
  • Author: Martin Griffin
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: History & Criticism
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press; Library edition edition (February 4, 2009)
  • Pages: 280 pages
  • ePUB size: 1544 kb
  • FB2 size 1106 kb
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author of The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850–1872.

author of The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850–1872. Griffin analyzes, for the first time, how Northern writers dealt with their lack of equivalent "mission" and materials with which to construct any alternative narratives about the war's meaning.

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In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners - three poets and two fiction writers .

In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners - three poets and two fiction writers - who over a period of four decades tried to understand and articulate the landscape of memory in postwar America, and in particular in that part of the nation that could, with most justification, claim the victory of its beliefs an.

In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners-three poets and two fiction .

In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners-three poets and two fiction writers-who over a period of four decades tried to understand and articulate the landscape of memory in postwar America, and in particular in that part of the nation that could, with most justification, claim the victory of its beliefs and values. The broad theme of this book is the literature of Civil War memory in the North from 1865 to 1900 in the shape of works by five authors who can be described as Northerners by virtue of birthplace, upbringing, and cultural identity.

The memory of the American Civil War took many forms over the decades after the conflict ended: personal, social, religious, and political

The memory of the American Civil War took many forms over the decades after the conflict ended: personal, social, religious, and political. It was also remembered and commemorated by poets and fiction writers who understood that the war had bequeathed both historical and symbolic meanings to American culture.

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In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners-three .

Author: Martin Griffin In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners-three .

Author: Martin Griffin In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners-three poets and two fiction writers-who over a period of four.

Griffin, Martin, Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865–1900, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009. Hager, Christopher, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013

Griffin, Martin, Ashes of the Mind: War and Memory in Northern Literature, 1865–1900, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2009. Hager, Christopher, Word by Word: Emancipation and the Act of Writing, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2013. Hager, Christopher, and Marrs, Cody, Against 1865: Reperiodizing the Nineteenth Century, J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists . (Fall 2013), 259–284. Handley, George, Postslavery Literature in the Americas: Family Portraits in Black and White, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2000.

The memory of the American Civil War took many forms over the decades after the conflict ended: personal, social, religious, and political. It was also remembered and commemorated by poets and fiction writers who understood that the war had bequeathed both historical and symbolic meanings to American culture. Although the defeated Confederacy became best known for producing a literature of nostalgia and an ideological defensiveness intended to protect the South's own version of history, authors loyal to the Union also confronted the question of what the memory of the war signified, and how to shape the literary response to that individual and collective experience.

In Ashes of the Mind, Martin Griffin examines the work of five Northerners -- three poets and two fiction writers -- who over a period of four decades tried to understand and articulate the landscape of memory in postwar America, and in particular in that part of the nation that could, with most justification, claim the victory of its beliefs and values. The book begins with an examination of the rhetorical grandeur of James Russell Lowell's Harvard Commemoration Ode, ranges across Herman Melville's ironic war poetry, Henry James's novel of North-South reconciliation, The Bostonians, and Ambrose Bierce's short stories, and ends with the bitter meditation on race and nation presented by Paul Laurence Dunbar's elegy "Robert Gould Shaw." Together these texts reveal how a group of representative Northern writers were haunted in different ways by the memory of the conflict and its fraught legacy.

Griffin traces a concern with individual and community loss, ambivalence toward victory, and a changing politics of commemoration in the writings of Lowell, Melville, James, Bierce, and Dunbar. What links these very different authors is a Northern memory of the war that became more complex and more compromised as the century went on, often replacing a sense of justification and achievement with a perception of irony and failed promise.

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