Monday, November 12, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes Lindenwood University professor Benjamin Cooper, who will sign and discuss his new book, Veteran Americans: Literature and Citizenship from Revolution to Reconstruction!
Military men and women were active participants in early American print culture, yet they struggled against civilian prejudice and against shifting collective memories that removed military experience from the nation's self-definition. In this new literary history of early American veterans, Benjamin Cooper reveals how soldiers and sailors from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War demanded, through their writing, that their value as American citizens and authors be recognized. Relying on an archive of largely understudied veteran authors, Cooper situates their perspective against a civilian monopoly in defining American citizenship and literature that endures to this day.
"In this fresh, incisive book, Cooper compellingly argues that veteran literature is not only a discrete and significant genre in its own right; it also recasts our understanding of American literature's production, consumption, and evolution." --Cody Marrs, author of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and the Long Civil War
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Veteran Americans from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy!
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.