Beyond the Civil War Hospital

The Rhetoric of Healing and Democratization in Northern Reconstruction Writing, 1861–1882

Kirsten Twelbeck

Transcript-Verlag

Beyond the Civil War Hospital

Pub Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9783837634655

370 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00

Beyond the Civil War Hospital

The Rhetoric of Healing and Democratization in Northern Reconstruction Writing, 1861–1882

Kirsten Twelbeck

Transcript-Verlag

Beyond the Civil War Hospital argues that Reconstruction was a period of emotional turmoil that precipitated a struggle for form in cultural production. By treating selected texts from that era as multifaceted contributions to Reconstruction's "mental adaptation process," Kirsten Twelbeck diagnoses individual conflicts between the "heart and the brain" only partly compensated for by a shared concern for national healing. By tracing each text's individual adaptation of the healing trope, she identifies surprising disagreement over racial equality, women's rights, and citizenship. The book pairs female and male white authors from the antislavery North, bringing together a broad range of genres.

About the Author

Kirsten Twelbeck has taught American studies at several German universities. She is particularly interested in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature and culture.