Telling Stories, Making Selves: Nostalgia, the Lost Cause, and Postbellum Plantation Memoirs and Reminiscences



Exploring how ideas of continuity and discontinuity co-exist, inform, and guide nostalgia’s critical engagement with the past in postbellum plantation life-writing, and bringing these hitherto unexplored texts into conversation with Lost Cause rhetoric and history, this chapter seeks to advance understanding of white southerners’ revision of the Old South and plantation era slavery. Specifically, the chapter demonstrates how these authors used a reimagined past to serve white southern identity and historical distinctiveness in the years following the Civil War and Reconstruction.


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  1. 1.Swansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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