ISBN : 9780190848347
The Civil War Dead and American Modernity offers a fundamental rethinking of the cultural importance of the American Civil War dead.
Introduction; Section I. The Ghastly Spectacle: Witnessing Civil War Death ; Chapter 1: The problem of experience; Chapter 2: Sense, affect, representation; Chapter 3: Faces, names, types, families; Chapter 4: Melancholy reflections; Section II. Body Images: The Civil War Dead in Visual Culture; Chapter 1: Photography and the question of empathy; Chapter 2: The illustrated dead; Chapter 3: Lithography, history, allegory; Chapter 4: Painting and the enigma of visibility; Section III. Blood and Ink: Historicizing the Civil War Dead ; Chapter 1: Objectivity, partisanship, nationalism; Chapter 2: The early years: Northern determinism; Chapter 3: The early years: Southern alienation; Chapter 4: Later years: The convergence; Chapter 5: African American counterhistory; Section IV. Plotting Mortality: The Civil War Dead and the Narrative Imaginatio; Chapter 1: Modernity, disenchantment, and the agons of realism; Chapter 2: Grieve not so: Loss and the new woman; Chapter 3: Narratives ajar: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and the refusal of closure; Chapter 4: Farewell, sacrificial hero; Chapter 5: The returning dead; Epilogue