9. Impressions of War

The Interior Battlefield

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch9

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) Impressions of War, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • impressions of war, the interior battlefield;
  • impressionistic representations of the Civil War;
  • “Chickamauga,” dream narrative in nightmare landscape;
  • Bierce's “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, of American literature;
  • impressionist technique in monologue;
  • Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage, a bloody battle;
  • battle of American Civil War, Union forces and Confederate;
  • epistemological uncertainty, pervading the drama;
  • The Red Badge of Courage, the chapel and the sun;
  • religious controversy, Christian images in Crane's text


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bierce's Surrealist Impressionism

  • “The Unexplained Glory”: Flying the Colors in The Red Badge of Courage

  • Incidents of Battle and the Schematics of War: The Five-Act Structure