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Woolson’s Two Women: 1862.: A Civil War Romance of Irreconcilable Difference

Caroline Gebhard

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter examines why Woolson abandoned poetry at the height of her popularity as a poet and how her most ambitious poem, Two Women: 1862. (1877), responds to the “romance of union” popular in ... More


“People Who Remember”: The American South and Woolson’s Postbellum Sojourns

Kathleen Diffley

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Constance Fenimore Woolson offered an alternative and polyvocal account of Reconstruction gleaned from her extended sojourns and continuing Southern travels. During the 1870s and thereafter, she ... More


Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Figure in the Carpet

Dorri Beam

in American Literature's Aesthetic Dimensions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156172
eISBN:
9780231520775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156172.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter presents a reading of Henry James' “A Figure in the Carpet” and Constance Fenimore Woolson's “Miss Grief.” It is about intimacy; but the intimacy generated takes place less within the ... More


Northeast Angels: Henry James in Woolson’s Florida

Geraldine Murphy

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s East Angels, which traces the encounters between a group of transplanted northerners and the local Floridians: the impoverished gentry, the African ... More


Cypresses, Chameleons, and Snakes: Displacement in Woolson’s “The South Devil”

Kathleen Diffley

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s “The South Devil” (1880), a story of a Florida swamp by that name. It suggests that “The South Devil” investigates differing paradigms for national reform ... More


Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Tourist Outback of Florida

Sharon D. Kennedy-Nolle

in Writing Reconstruction: Race, Gender, and Citizenship in the Postwar South

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621074
eISBN:
9781469621098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621074.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the work of Constance Fenimore Woolson, who imagined freedpeople, particularly freedwomen, as successful citizens in an ethnically diverse America. Her writings contributed to ... More


Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Kathleen Diffley (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the wake of the Civil War, Constance Fenimore Woolson became one of the first northern observers to linger in the defeated states from Virginia to Florida. Born in New Hampshire in 1840 and raised ... More


The Portrait of a Southern Lady in Woolson’s For the Major

Janet Gabler-Hover

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolsen’s For the Major, which explores one of the South’s most potent myths—that of the Southern lady. The novel depicts the Southern Belle archetype in the ... More


Tourism, Imperialism, and Hybridity in the Reconstruction South: Woolson’s Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches

Anne E. Boyd

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter analyzes Woolson’s Rodman the Keeper: Southern Sketches (1880). It attempts not only to excavate binaries in Woolson’s Southern fiction, but also examine what happens to the tensions ... More


“Pioneers of Spoliation”: Woolson’s Horace Chase and the Role of Magazine Writing in the Gilded-Age Development of the South

Kevin E. O’Donnell

in Witness to Reconstruction: Constance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617030253
eISBN:
9781617030260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0016
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s last novel Horace Chase, where she links the industrial and commercial exploitation of the South with her contributions to illustrated magazines. By ... More


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