Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Enlivening the still: Poetry and photography of the American Civil War
by Wright, Zachary F., M.A., Villanova University, 2009, 103; 1467398
Abstract (Summary)

This paper will analyze how Matthew Brady's wartime photography, Walt Whitman's Drum-Taps, and Herman Melville's Battle-Pieces performed acts of national service for their fellow Americans living through the Civil War. I will analyze the poems and photographs through three distinct lenses: Slavery, "Good Death", and Reconstruction. In doing so, I will explain how Brady's photography and Whitman's and Melville's poetry presented nineteenth-century Americans with the tools necessary for making sense of the war that was transforming their country.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berthold, Michael, Goode, Edmund
School: Villanova University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American history, American literature
Keywords: Civil War, Herman Melville, Matthew Brady, Photography, Poetry, Walt Whitman
Publication Number: 1467398
ISBN: 978-1-109-28227-6
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