Kathleen Diffley

University of Iowa

Author of Where My Heart Is Turning Ever: Civil War Stories and Constitution Reform, 1861-1876, Dr. Diffley has also edited To Live and Die: Collected Stories of the Civil War, a volume drawn from stories that first circulated in the magazines of the 1860s and 1870s. Both books have been funded by the NEH, and her continuing research has been supported as well by a Howard Foundation Fellowship. She has just edited Witness to Reconstruction, a collection of essays about Constance Fenimore Woolson’s sojourns in the mysterious and ravaged postwar South. During her semester at the Obermann Center, she will be at work on The Fateful Lightning, a book about telling the war in a 19th-century magazine culture shaped by market concerns.