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Facing America : iconography and the Civil War

Author: Shirley Samuels
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War investigates and explains the changing face of America during the Civil War. To conjure up a face for the nation, Shirley Samuels 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. Expressions of such a change
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Ouvrages illustrés
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Shirley Samuels
ISBN: 0195128974 9780195128970
OCLC Number: 51886335
Description: xii, 186 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Facing West --
Miscegenated America --
The face of the nation --
Women at war --
Lincoln's body.
Responsibility: Shirley Samuels.
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Exploring how the face and body of America were imagined both physically and metaphorically during the Civil War, this book shows how visual iconography affected changes in postbellum gendered and  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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