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Writing history with lightning : cinematic representations of nineteenth-century America

Author: Matthew C Hulbert; John C Inscoe
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As opposed to previous volumes focused on topics like slavery or the West, Writing History with Lightning edited by Matthew Christopher Hulbert and John C. Inscoe offers an expansive look at how films represent the history of nineteenth-century America and, in turn, how those depictions influence the ways in which mass audiences remember, envision, and reimagine the nation's past. Across twenty-six essays, a group  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew C Hulbert; John C Inscoe
ISBN: 9780807170465 0807170461
OCLC Number: 1060180551
Description: ix, 335 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : reappraising a century's worth of lightning / Matthew Christopher Hulbert --
I. Frontiers, empire, and the early nation. The far horizons : the Lewis and Clark saga as a surfeit of stereotypes / Donna J. Barbie --
We are Melville's monsters : In the heart of the sea as eco-horror in the age of climate change / Brian Rouleau --
"Some say he's dead, some say he never will be" : mountain men and the frontier-hero myth in Jeremiah Johnson and The revenant / Jacob F. Lee --
Andrew Jackson and the ladies : The gorgeous hussy and The president's lady / John F. Marszalek --
Delineating Davy, defining ourselves : The Alamo in 1960 and in 2004 / James E. Crisp --
II. Slavery and the antebellum South. A fugitive slave in southern Appalachia : The journey of August King / John C. Inscoe --
Birth and rebirth : filming Nat Turner in the age of fake news / Kenneth S. Greenberg --
History white-washed : reflections on Steven Spielberg's Amistad / Marcus Rediker --
"I survive" : individual, community, and slavery in Steve McQueen's 12 years a slave / William L. Andrews --
"Now you are ready for Mandingo" : sex, slavery, and historical realism / Diane Miller Sommerville --
Mint julep melodrama : Jezebel / Catherine Clinton --
III. Sectional crisis and civil war. From "Bleeding Kansas" to Harpers Ferry via Santa Fe Trail / Nicole Etcheson --
Abraham Lincoln on film / Michael Burlingame --
Glory : "heroism writ large, from people whom history had made small" / John David Smith --
"And does it matter, after all, who wins?" : the movie Gettysburg and popular perceptions of the Civil War / Lesley J. Gordon --
Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York : racial ambiguity in New York City's Five Points / Graham Russell Gao Hodges --
The assassin's accomplices : guilt, innocence, and redemption in The prisoner of Shark Island and The conspirator / Jonathan D. Sarris --
IV. The lost cause, Reconstruction, and the West. Historical to a fault : Gary Ross, Free state of Jones, and the (eventual) destruction of the lost cause / Joseph M. Beilein Jr. --
Sommersby : identity, imposture, and (re)construction in the post-Civil War South / Tom Lee --
Knights of the twenty Years' War : race and American exceptionalism in The hateful eight / Matthew E. Stanley --
The silver lining of "bad history" at the movies : Reconstruction, Confederate exiles, and The undefeated / Matthew Christopher Hulbert --
Custer's last stands : remaking a frontier legend in Hollywood film / Kevin Waite --
V. Late-century economics and immigration. Far and away : the stereotype of the Irish immigrant story / Ryan W. Keating --
Silver screen, Bright leaf : Hollywood's cigarette habit / Drew A. Swanson --
Adaptation and autonomy on the Lower East Side : the Jews of Hester Street / Stephen J. Whitfield --
"We've taken old gods and given them new names" : the spirit of Sankofa in Daughters of the dust / Allison Dorsey.
Other Titles: Cinematic representations of 19th century America
Responsibility: edited by Matthew Christopher Hulbert and John C. Inscoe.

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"As opposed to previous volumes focused on topics like slavery or the West, Writing History with Lightning edited by Matthew Christopher Hulbert and John C. Inscoe offers an expansive look at how films represent the history of nineteenth-century America and, in turn, how those depictions influence the ways in which mass audiences remember, envision, and reimagine the nation's past. Across twenty-six essays, a group of prominent historians, including Catherine Clinton, Kenneth Greenberg, and Marcus Rediker, moves beyond separating fact from fiction to consider the raw power that movies possess in influencing broad interpretations of American history"--

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