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Apples and Ashes: Literature, Nationalism, and the Confederate States of America (New Southern Studies)


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Apples and Ashes offers the first literary history of the Civil War South. The product of extensive archival research, it tells an expansive story about a nation struggling to write itself into existence. Confederate literature was in intimate conversation with other contemporary literary cultures, especially those of the United States and Britain. Thus, Coleman Hutchison argues, it has profound implications for our understanding of American literary nationalism and the relationship between literature and nationalism more broadly.

Apples and Ashes is organized by genre, with each chapter using a single text or a small set of texts to limn a broader aspect of Confederate literary culture. Hutchison discusses an understudied and diverse archive of literary texts including the literary criticism of Edgar Allan Poe; southern responses to Uncle Tom’s Cabin; the novels of Augusta Jane Evans; Confederate popular poetry; the de facto Confederate national anthem, “Dixie”; and several postwar southern memoirs. In addition to emphasizing the centrality of slavery to the Confederate literary imagination, the book also considers a series of novel topics: the reprinting of European novels in the Confederate South, including Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables; Confederate propaganda in Europe; and postwar Confederate emigration to Latin America.

In discussing literary criticism, fiction, poetry, popular song, and memoir, Apples and Ashes reminds us of Confederate literature’s once-great expectations. Before their defeat and abjection—before apples turned to ashes in their mouths—many Confederates thought they were in the process of creating a nation and a national literature that would endure.

About the Author

Coleman Hutchison is an assistant professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Introduction. Great Expectations: The Imaginative Literature of the

Confederate States of America 1

One. A History of the Future: Southern Literary Nationalism before

the Confederacy 18

Two. A New Experiment in the Art of Book- Making: Engendering the

Confederate National Novel 63

Three. Southern Amaranths: Popularity, Occasion, and Media in a

Confederate Poetics of Place 99

Four. The Music of Mars: Confederate Song, North and South 143

Five. In Dreamland: The Confederate Memoir at Home and Abroad 173

Acknowledgments 205

Notes 209

Works Cited 241

Index 265


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