Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
As a young woman living in Louisiana during the Civil War, Sarah Lois Wadley documented in her diary the fractured, conflicted perspective that was her experience as a woman living in the war ravaged South. Her writing is evidence of the confusion she felt as a result of the discrepancy between the expectations of Southern patriarchal society and her own needs as a woman. Wadley’s diary is a complex text similar to a novel in that it relates events through a construct that reflects her response to her reader’s/society’s expectations. From a deconstructionist perspective, the power of Wadley’s text lies in what she doesn't say.
Wadley, Sarah L. - Diaries.
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865 - Women.
Southern States - Social life and customs - 1775-1865.
Davis, Regina C., "Journeys: A Critical Analysis of the Diary of Sarah L. Wadley" (2002). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 558.