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  1. The Red Badge of Courage

  2. Civil War novels • first important Civil War Novel: De Forest, Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (1867)

  3. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?)

  4. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • protagonist: from innocence to experience (what war really was)

  5. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • protagonist: from innocence to experience (what war really was) • Miss Ravenel: from secession to loyalty (what war was fought for)

  6. Civil War novels • first important Civil War Novel: De Forest, Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (1867) • nothing for decades

  7. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • biographical reasons

  8. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • biographical reasons • generic reasons

  9. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • biographical reasons • generic reasons • cultural reasons

  10. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • biographical reasons • generic reasons • cultural reasons • ideological reasons

  11. Civil War novels • first important Civil War Novel: De Forest, Miss Ravenel’s Conversion from Secession to Loyalty (1867) • nothing for decades • second important Civil War Novel: Crane, The Red Badge of Courage (1895)

  12. They could see dark stretches winding along the land, and on one cleared space there was a row of guns making gray clouds, which were filled with large flashes of orange-colored flame.

  13. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • Red Badge • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?)

  14. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • Red Badge • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • story of heroism?

  15. The youth thought of the village street at home before the arrival of the circus parade on a day in the spring. He remembered how he had stood, a small, thrillful boy, prepared to follow the dingy lady upon the white horse, or the band in its faded chariot. . . He particularly remembered an old fellow who used to sit upon a cracker box in front of the store and feign to despise such exhibitions. (chapter 5)

  16. The youth thought of the village street at home before the arrival of the circus parade on a day in the spring. He remembered how he had stood, a small, thrillful boy, prepared to follow the dingy lady upon the white horse, or the band in its faded chariot. . . He particularly remembered an old fellow who used to sit upon a cracker box in front of the store and feign to despise such exhibitions. (chapter 5)

  17. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • Red Badge • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • story of heroism? • story of brotherhood

  18. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • Red Badge • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • story of heroism? • story of brotherhood • story of manliness

  19. Civil War novels • Miss Ravenel • nothing for decades • Red Badge • how to represent war? (how to perceive war?) • how to tell story of war? • story of heroism? • story of brotherhood? • story of manliness? • not an ideological story