THE HISTORY OF CIVIL WAR PRISONS
Hesseltine, William B. Civil War Prisons:
A Study in W ar Psychology. (Ohio State UP, 1998) A classic first published
in 1930 which presents the historiographical controversies surrounding
prison administration and policy.
Speer, Lonnie R. Portals to Hell: Military
Prisons of the Civil War. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 1997.
Marvel, William. Andersonville: The
Last Depot. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
U.S. Civil War Center: links
to sites on prisons. The best index of sites on the subject, though
not annotated. I have selected some of the most useful:
Mc Elroy, John Harmon, ed. The sacrificial
years : a chronicle of Walt Whitman's experiences in the Civil War. Boston
: David R. Godine, 1999.
Berthold, Dennis and Price, Kenneth M.,
Dear Brother Walt: The Letters of Thomas Jefferson Whitman.
Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 1984, pp. 97-109.
Erkkila, Betsy. Whitman the Political
Poet. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America.
York: Knopf, 1994.
Hypertext Archive at the University of Virginia; the granddaddy of
all Whitman sites (no advertisement intended, of course...)
Dobson, Joanne. Dickinson and the Strategies
of Reticence: The Woman Writer in 19th-century America. Bloomington:
Indiana UP, 1989.
Smith, Martha Nell. Rowing in Eden:
Rereading Emily Dickinson. Austin: U Texas P, 1992.
Juhasz, Suzanne. The Undiscovered Continent:
Dickinson and the Space of the Mind. Indiana UP, 1983.
Electronic Archives and The
Emily Dickinson Page have useful links to poems, manuscripts, and reader's
Wilson, Edmund. Patriotic Gore: Studies
in the Literature of the Civil War. London: Hogarth, 1987 rpt. Classic
Steinmetz, Lee. Poetry of the American
Civil War. Michigan State UP, 1960. Anthology.
Hollander, John, ed. American Poetry:
The Nineteenth Century. New York: Library of America, 1993, 2 v.
Bennett, Paula Bernat, ed. 19th-century
American Women Poets: An Anthology. New York: Blackwell, 1998. Good
critical apparatus with an emphasis on social life; especially useful for
looking at lesser-known writers publishing in newspapers.
Walker, Cheryl, ed. American Women Poets
of the 19th Century. Rutgers UP, 1992. Introduction treats women and
A Journal of 19th-Century Women Writers maintains a searchable
POETRY OF TRAUMA, WAR, AND PRISON LIFE
Forche, Carolyn, ed. Against Forgetting:
20th-century Poetry of Witness. New York: Norton, 1993. This excellent
global anthology of poetry written under conditions of duress has a useful
Felman, Shoshana and Laub, Dori, eds. Testimony:
Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History. Routledge,
1992. Theoretical concepts for analyzing the literature of trauma.
Chevigny, Bell Gale, ed. Doing Time:
25 Years of Prison Writing. New York: Arcade, 1999.