228 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, appends., notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4096-9
Published: May 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4095-2
Published: May 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4097-6
Published: April 2018
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A 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title
In studying the inner lives of these unsympathetic characters, Stowe also explores the importance—and the limits—of historical empathy as a condition for knowing the past, demonstrating how these plain, first-draft texts can offer new ways to make sense of the world in which these Confederate women lived.
About the Author
Steven M. Stowe is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington.
For more information about Steven M. Stowe, visit the Author Page.
“Stowe’s discussion of diaries as texts should be required reading for anyone interested in the challenges of reading published versions of primary sources like diaries.”--Journal of Southern History
“By focusing on how to understand the women's often-unsympathetic sentiments and words, he paradoxically invests these ethereal authors with profound humanity. His profiles of the diarists and his pithy analyses throughout add meaningful depth to this excellent study.”--Choice
“Interspersing his own insights with the words of poets and philosophers, novelists and literary critics, Stowe offers an extended meditation on what can be gained from close readings of women’s diaries as diaries. The result is a compelling, thoughtful, and deeply personal book. It is essential reading for any Civil War scholar.”—Anya Jabour, University of Montana
“Deeply compelling and thought-provoking. Beautiful and evocative. With incredible sensitivity, Stowe uses the diary to explore how slaveholding women kept reframing their sense of self, as well as the world around them. His insights will force historians to think much more carefully about how they approach diaries.”—Margaret Abruzzo, University of Alabama