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ENGL4874 MARRS, CODY MWF 3 :35 PM 0250


Literature and the Civil War


The American Civil War provoked a broad array of literary responses: novels, songs, poems, plays, speeches, letters, essays, memoirs, histories, and picture books. This course examines these assorted texts and considers what they teach us about the war, and about U.S. literary history. We will read a variety of authors from the Civil War era (e.g., Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Mary Chesnut) and after (e.g., Margaret Mitchell, Natasha Trethewey, Terry Bisson), taking a particularly close look at how the war evolves in cultural memory.




Ambrose Bierce, Tales of Soldiers and Civilians

Terry Bisson, Fire on the Mountain  

Mary Chesnut, Diary

Films: Gone With the Wind, Glory, Free State of Jones

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard

Loreta Janeta Velazquez, The Woman in Battle

Walt Whitman, Drum-Taps