Facing America

Facing America : Iconography and the Civil War

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Facing America investigates and explains the changing face of America during the Civil War. Drawing on the literature as well as the photographs and political cartoons of the period, Shirley Samuels also explores the body of the nation imagined both physically and metaphorically, arguing that the Civil War marks a dramatic shift from identifying the American nation as feminine to identifying it as masculine.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 160 x 238.8 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195128974
  • 9780195128970

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A study of Civil War iconography is long overdue.... Samuels offers a fertile reading of that symbol system and its slippages. Examining texts of all types-novels, statues, and images-she lays bare the preoccupying anxieties.... Samuels has an intriguing mind, and it is a pleasure to watch it work. Text after text, subhead after subhead, she offers compelling readings and telling juxtapositions of familiar and unfamiliar documents. * American Historical Review *show more

About Shirley Samuels

Shirley Samuels is Professor of English at Cornell University.show more

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