from the war bound up with a regionalist consciousness and questions of raceâ (16), as evidenced by Jillian Spivey Caddellâs essay on a painting by Winslow Homer and the wartime fiction of Rebecca Harding Davis and Constance Fenimore Woolson, each associated with New England, and Kathleen Diffleyâs investigation of fiction published during the 1860s in San Franciscoâs Overland Monthly, a publication edited by Bret Harte and designed to challenge Bostonâs cultural hegemony. This collection is well worth our time. At some level, we have a professional obligation to keep up with (or at least be aware of trends in) closely aligned disciplines. Beyond that, though, many of these essays have something to say to the kind of work many of us are engaged in. Historians during the third quarter of the twentieth century understood the importance of reckoning with literary explorations of the war. So should we. Sarah E. Gardner sarah e. gardner, professor of history at Mercer University, is currently working on a book-length manuscript, ââA New Glass to See All Our Old Things Throughâ: Reading during the American Civil War.â War upon Our Border: Two Ohio Valley Communities Navigate the Civil War. By Stephen I. Rockenbach.
The Journal of the Civil War Era – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Oct 31, 2017