HIS 306N • Civil War in Fiction, Fact, and Film
The aim of this course is to explore the meanings of the Civil War in American life and the ways those meanings have changed over time. Together we will examine three types of representations of the War: fiction (novels), film (dramatic and documentary), and fact (non-fiction and biography). Partially fulfills the legislative requirement in American history.
12 short written comments (submitted weekly) %20 5-page mid-point paper %30 15-page final paper due during finals %30 Class participation %20
Texts and Viewing Materials: Fiction - Mitchell, Margaret, Gone With the Wind, 1936 Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels, 1974 Frazier, Charles, Cold Mountain, 1997 Fact - Evans, Eli, Judah P. Benjamin, the Jewish Confederate, 1988 Faust, Drew Gilpin, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, 1996 McPherson, James M. For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War, 1997 Films / Television - Selznick, David O., prod. Gone with the Wind, 1939 Wolper, David, prod. Roots, vol. 7 & 8, 1977 Burns, Ken and Ric, prod. The Civil War, vols. 1-6, 1989 Zwick, Edward, dir. Glory, 1989 Supplemental Reading - Chadwick, Bruce, The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film, 2001