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Contextualizing African American Characters in Glasgow's The Battle-Ground

Contextualizing African American Characters in Glasgow's The Battle-Ground Contextualizing African American Characters in Glasgow’s The Battle -Ground by Susan P. Wright The Battle-Ground, published in 1902, was Ellen Glasgow’s fourth novel, but only the second of her seven novels chronicling the so- cial history of Virginia. It is a novel that divides naturally into two parts, the fi rst detailing the lives of two antebellum families of the planter ar- istocracy: the Lightfoots, owners of Chericoke plantation, and the Am- blers, owners of the nearby Uplands plantation. The second half of the work follows Dan Montjoy, grandson of the Lightfoots and heir to Che- ricoke, through his experiences as an infantryman in the Civil War, but is punctuated by brief narrative returns to Chericoke and Uplands fo- cusing mostly on the character development of Betty Ambler, younger daughter of Peyton and Julia Ambler. At core, The Battle-Ground is a bildungsroman: in the novel Betty Ambler and Dan Montjoy are both initiated into adulthood during a crucial period in United States history, beginning with the late antebellum period, continuing through the Civil War, and ending immediately after the South’s surrender. At the same time, Glasgow portrays the South itself, specifi cally Virginia, the battle- ground alluded to in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Contextualizing African American Characters in Glasgow's The Battle-Ground

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 39 (2) – Jul 23, 2007

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2007 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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1534-1461

Abstract

Contextualizing African American Characters in Glasgow’s The Battle -Ground by Susan P. Wright The Battle-Ground, published in 1902, was Ellen Glasgow’s fourth novel, but only the second of her seven novels chronicling the so- cial history of Virginia. It is a novel that divides naturally into two parts, the fi rst detailing the lives of two antebellum families of the planter ar- istocracy: the Lightfoots, owners of Chericoke plantation, and the Am- blers, owners of the nearby Uplands plantation. The second half of the work follows Dan Montjoy, grandson of the Lightfoots and heir to Che- ricoke, through his experiences as an infantryman in the Civil War, but is punctuated by brief narrative returns to Chericoke and Uplands fo- cusing mostly on the character development of Betty Ambler, younger daughter of Peyton and Julia Ambler. At core, The Battle-Ground is a bildungsroman: in the novel Betty Ambler and Dan Montjoy are both initiated into adulthood during a crucial period in United States history, beginning with the late antebellum period, continuing through the Civil War, and ending immediately after the South’s surrender. At the same time, Glasgow portrays the South itself, specifi cally Virginia, the battle- ground alluded to in

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 23, 2007

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