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Randall J. Fuller, PhD
Drury University (Springfield, MO 65802-3712)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2007 – 4/30/2008

American Romanticism and the Civil War

"American Romanticism and the Civil War" seeks to recover the writing as well as the literary culture of a period generally regarded as a rupture in history that ended the reign of Transcendentalism and redirected writing toward realism, naturalism, and the novel of social themes. My book project traces the often-overlooked Civil War writing of canonical figures such as Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman, and Melville--but it does so by contextualizing that work within residual and emergent strains of literary Romanticism and realism evident in periodicals, journals, diaries, and newspapers.