History | Literature of the Civil War
J300 | 7576 | Stowe
Above class COLL intensive writing section
Above class open to undergraduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
In this seminar we will explore how Americans wrote about their
Civil War as immediate event, memory, and in fiction. We will read
the writings of soldiers, freedpeople, generals, hospital workers,
journalists, poets, and women and children at home. We will seek to
understand how these diverse Americans nonetheless shared the
expression of certain themes of combat, nationalism, gender, faith,
and other ways of making meaning.
There will be intensive reading and writing. We will read
historians as well as people who experienced the war first-hand.
There will be weekly short-essay assignments, in-class writing, and
one or two larger essays.