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Witness to ReconstructionConstance Fenimore Woolson and the Postbellum South, 1873-1894$
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Kathleen Diffley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030253

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.001.0001

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Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Fashioning of Southern Identity

Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Fashioning of Southern Identity

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(p.73) Henry James, Constance Fenimore Woolson, and the Fashioning of Southern Identity
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Witness to Reconstruction
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John H. Pearson

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030253.003.0005

This chapter introduces an intellectual genealogy for Woolson’s challenge to a nakedly cosmopolitan view of the South as sectional backwater. It weighs “new social identities” and the sense of improvisation that Stephen Greenblatt has described, along with the scrape of sectional and gender priorities.

Keywords:   American South, backwater, social identities, improvisation, Stephen Greenblatt

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