The Resource New men : reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture, John A. Casey, Jr

New men : reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture, John A. Casey, Jr

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New men : reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture
Title
New men
Title remainder
reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture
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John A. Casey, Jr
Title variation
Reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture
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Language
eng
Summary
"This intriguing exploration of the post-Civil War period through its fiction and nonfiction illuminates how the era spawned a new understanding of war veterans that lives on today. Scholars of the Civil War era have commonly assumed that veterans of the Union and Confederate armies effortlessly melted back into society and that they adjusted to the demands of peacetime with little or no difficulty. Yet the path these soldiers followed on the road to reintegration was far more tangled. New Men unravels the narrative of veteran reentry into civilian life and exposes the growing gap between how former soldiers saw themselves and the representations of them created by late-nineteenth century American society. In the early years following the Civil War, the concept of the "veteran" functioned as a marker for what was assumed by soldiers and civilians alike to be a temporary social status that ended definitively with army demobilization and the successful attainment of civilian employment. But in later postwar years this term was reconceptualized as a new identity that is still influential today. It came to be understood that former soldiers had crossed a threshold through their experience in the war, and they would never be the same: They had become new men. Uncovering the tension between veterans and civilians in the postwar era adds a new dimension to our understanding of the legacy of the Civil War. Reconstruction involved more than simply the road to reunion and its attendant conflicts over race relations in the United States. It also pointed toward the frustrating search for a proper metaphor to explain what soldiers had endured. A provocative engagement with literary history and historiography, New Men challenges the notion of the Civil War as "unwritten" and alters our conception of the classics of Civil War literature. Organized chronologically and thematically, New Men coherently blends an analysis of a wide variety of fictional and nonfictional narratives. Writings are discussed in revelatory pairings that illustrate various aspects of veteran reintegration, with a chapter dedicated to literature describing the reintegration experiences of African Americans in the Union Army. New Men is at once essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the origins of our concept of the "veteran" and a book for our times. It is an invitation to build on the rich lessons of the Civil War veterans' experiences, to develop scholarship in the area of veterans studies, and to realize the dream of full social integration for soldiers returning home"--
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Casey, John A.
Dewey number
810.9/352697
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
PS 217 .V48 C37 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Reconstructing America
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  • American literature
  • Veterans in literature
  • Veteran reintegration
  • United States
  • Veterans
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • HISTORY / Military / General
  • HISTORY / Social History
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New men : reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture, John A. Casey, Jr
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780823265398
Lccn
2014045375
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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  • (OCoLC)899137994
  • (OCoLC)ocn899137994
Label
New men : reconstructing the image of the veteran in late nineteenth-century American literature and culture, John A. Casey, Jr
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 234 pages
Isbn
9780823265398
Lccn
2014045375
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)899137994
  • (OCoLC)ocn899137994

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