William Gilmore Simms's unfinished Civil War : consequences for a southern man of letters /
edited by David Moltke-Hansen ; foreword by David S. Shields.
Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2013.
xix, 268 p.; 24 cm.
161117130X (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781611171303 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Columbia : University of South Carolina Press, c2013.
161117130X (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781611171303 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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When history failed : William Gilmore Simms's artistic negotiation of the Civil War's consequences / David Moltke-Hansen -- Imagining the Swamp Fox : William Gilmore Simms and the national memory of Francis Marion / Steven D. Smith -- Private vs. public honor in wartime South Carolina : William Gilmore Simms in lecture, letter, and history / Todd Hagstette -- The demands of citizenship in the Confederate Republic : Simms, Confederate nationalism, and the Civil War / Jeffery J. Rogers -- Isaac Nimmons and the burning of woodlands : power, paternalism, and the performance of manhood in William Gilmore Simms's Civil War South / Ehren Foley -- Delusions carnival of death : a different war poetry from the South / Johanna Shields -- Simms, the Civil War, and the poetry of trauma / Matthew C. Brennan -- Simms's last poems and the artifice of eternity / James Everett Kibler -- Reading regionalism across the war : Simms and the literary imagination of postbellum literary magazines / Keri Holt -- An unfinished reconstruction : Simms's The brothers of the coast / Nicholas G. Meriwether -- How William Gilmore Simms had his cake and ate it too : the indirect polemic in Sharp snaffles / Kevin Collins -- The angel and the animal / Sara Georgini -- A sense of things to come : redefining gender and promoting the lost cause in the sense of the beautiful / John D. Miller.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-255) and index.
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A collection of essays exploring the effects of the Civil War on writer and patriot, William Gilmore Simms
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William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War measures the effects of the Civil War and its aftermath on one of the Old South's foremost intellectuals. Simms's mid-nineteenth-century poems, novels, and essays and the personal and societal trauma and destruction Simms experienced are all portrayed here. Before the war Simms was the most articulate advocate of Southern nationalism. During the war he became a prophetic critic of Confederate policy and poet of cultural ethnogenesis. The defeat of the Confederacy in 1865 shattered Simms's understanding of the working of history and called into question his sense of a moral providence. This collection of essays by historians and literary scholars first explores William Gilmore Simms's antebellum treatment of the role of warfare in America's past and the South's future. The contributors then consider the impact of the secession crisis, the Civil War, and the Confederate defeat on Simms's and other white and black Southerners' perceptions of their much-changed world. Next Simms's life, published writings, and thoughts during the war and its aftermath are examined. Finally Simms's late poetry and fictions, especially explicit and implicit commentaries on the postwar South, are analyzed. His last oration, The Sense of the Beautiful, published shortly before his death in 1870, is the subject of several essays. William Gilmore Simms's Unfinished Civil War reconstructs from both published writings and private letters the conscious and unconscious effects of the Civil War upon the writer and Southern patriot. Drawing on the fields of history, literature, and even archaeology, this interdisciplinary volume demonstrates that the anticipation, course, and consequences of the war were central in shaping Simms's writings from the 1840s to 1870.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
War, Honor, and Citizenship
When History Failed: William Gilmore Simms's Artistic Negotiation of the Civil War's Consequencesp. 3
Imagining the Swamp Fox: William Gilmore Simms and the National Memory of Francis Marionp. 32
Private vs. Public Honor in Wartime South Carolina: William Gilmore Simms in Lecture, Letter, and Historyp. 48
The Demands of Citizenship in the Confederate Republic: Simms Confederate Nationalism, and the Civil Warp. 68
The War's Aftermath
Isaac Nimmons and the Burning of Woodlands: Power, Paternalism, and the Performance of Manhood in William Gilmore Simms's Civil War Southp. 89
Delusion's Carnival of Death: A Different War Poetry from the Southp. 112
Simms, the Civil War, and the Poetry of Traumap. 129
Simms's Last Poems and the "Artifice of Eternity"p. 149
Reading Regionalism across the War: Simms and the Literary Imagination of Postbellum Literary Magazinesp. 159
The Late Fiction and Last Words
An Unfinished Reconstruction: Simms's "The Brothers of the Coast"p. 185
How William Gilmore Simms Had His Cake and Ate It Too: The Indirect Polemic in "Sharp Snaffles"p. 202
The Angel and the Animalp. 212
A Sense of Things to Come: Redefining Gender and Promoting the Lost Cause in The Sense of the Beautifulp. 224
Works Citedp. 239
Contributorsp. 257
Indexp. 261
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