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ENGL4874 MARRS, CODY TR 2 :00 PM 0144


There is a reason why Robert Penn Warren once claimed that the Civil War “is our only ‘felt’ history—history lived in the imagination.” Other wars carried out by or within the United States have been just as geopolitically or economically consequential, but only the Civil War has so profoundly shaped American senses of identity. This course examines this “felt history” through the various literatures that the war has produced.  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.