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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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Cypresses, Chameleons, and Snakes

Cypresses, Chameleons, and Snakes

Displacement in Woolson’s “The South Devil”

(p.194) Cypresses, Chameleons, and Snakes
Witness to Reconstruction

Kathleen Diffley

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter presents a reading of Woolson’s “The South Devil” (1880), a story of a Florida swamp by that name. It suggests that “The South Devil” investigates differing paradigms for national reform and multiple postwar ways of seeing what is literally beneath the surface.

Keywords:   Constance Fenimore Woolson, Florida swamp, national reform

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