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Thomas J. Brown

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620954

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620954.001.0001

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Modern Times

Modern Times

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Civil War Canon

Thomas J. Brown

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter first describes how lyrics from Bob Dylan’s album Modern Times incorporated snippets from the poetry of Henry Timrod without attribution. It argues that even before the Civil War, Timrod personified an experience of defeat and self-recognition that would complement Dylan’s conception of modernity in Modern Times. The discussion then turns Ted Phillips’ book City of the Silent: The Charlestonians of Magnolia Cemetery and the postmodern renewal of Confederate remembrance. For Phillips, the lasting value of the Confederacy rested in its demonstration that shared remembrance might serve as a basis for everyday performance of community. He recognized that this collective memory was a form of fiction, and he addressed the quintessential fictionalization of the Confederate saga, Gone with the Wind, more thoroughly than he covered any military campaign.

Keywords:   Bob Dylan, Henry Timrod, poets, Confederate remembrance, Ted Phillips, collective memory

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