The Wrath to Come: Gone with the Wind and the Lies America TellsSarah Churchwell
Gone With the Wind, the myth of the Lost Cause and what they can tell us about American history and culture today - from Walter Scott and Ladies Fair, to fiery crosses, lynching and the Capitol insurrection.
Margaret Mitchell's epic novel, Gone With the Wind, became an overnight bestseller when it was published in 1936; the film rights were snapped up before it was even published and the production would famously go on to win ten Academy Awards. In this fascinating analysis of Gone With the Wind's history and legacy, Sarah Churchwell examines the creation of one of the most popular stories of all time and its problematic depictions of race and women. Mitchell's early life was steeped in nostalgia for the 'good old days' of slavery, and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, influences that would shape both the book's plot and racial politics. The heroine, Scarlett, is one of the first modern portraits of complex womanhood; a twentieth-century woman trapped in the 1860s, however, her agency is achieved at the expense of people of colour, and the novel's white feminism is in tension against its racism. Churchwell traces the novel and film's relationship to the myth of the Lost Cause and how they foreshadow the controversies in America today over the removal of Confederate statues, the rise of white nationalism and the Black Lives Matter movement; and the value of the story's uses - and misuses - of national mythologies.
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