In reassessing the bonds between the Civil War and women writers from antebellum to modern times, Young (English, Mount Holyoke College) explores well-known works with racial and gender subtexts as well as memoirs of women who masqueraded as soldiers. Includes illustrations from Stowe's and parodies of Mitchell's . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Learned, critical, and insightful, Young (English, Mount Holyoke Coll.) analyzes women's writings about the American Civil War from the 1860s to the present and their impact on the political and literary culture of the war. The author focuses on the works of six individuals, including the fiction of well-known figures Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, and Margaret Mitchell and the memoirs of the virtually unknown Loreta Velazquez, who masqueraded as Lt. Harry T. Buford in the Confederate Army, and Elizabeth Keckley, fashion designer and confidante of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Within the context of these and other personalities and writings, Young presents a study concerning conflicts of race, gender, sexuality, region, and nation within the development of American identities and of contemporary American culture. In her first book, a telling, thought-provoking work of literary scholarship, Young provides new perspectives on the Civil War and women's writing. Recommended for academic libraries.--Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, NJ Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.