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In a surprise rereading of the classic Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, Sally Hirsh-Dickinson contends that it scandalized the nation precisely because of the way in which sexuality in the novel is conflated with America's problematic relationship to race. This charge is buttressed by the oft-forgotten detail that the fictional Peyton Place was founded by one Samuel Peyton, an escaped slave.

Hirsh-Dickinson argues that the town's inability to come to terms with its black history informs its dysfunctional relationship to sex, power, and justice, mirroring America on the eve of the civil rights movement. She writes of New England in the larger American consciousness, touching on discussions of white studies and the racialized lower classes in American fiction. Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets is a thought-provoking study of a genre classic that will speak to both scholars and students about the deeper truths hidden in popular fiction.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Series Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Dark Past, White Lies: Reconsidering the Sources of Scandal in Peyton Place
  2. pp. 20-46
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  1. 2. The Color of Incest: Sexual Abuse, Racial Anxiety, and the 1950s Family in Peyton Place
  2. pp. 47-73
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  1. 3. Domestic Disturbances: Rape, Race, and Peyton Place
  2. pp. 74-98
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  1. 4. The Good Rapist, the Bad Rapist, and the Abortionist: Peyton Place’s Crisis of Masculinity
  2. pp. 99-130
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  1. 5. Home Is Where the Haunt Is: Domestic Space, Race, and the Uncanny
  2. pp. 131-171
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 172-178
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 179-197
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 211-221
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611682151
MARC Record
OCLC
760413440
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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