The Angelic Mother and the Predatory Seductress
Poor White Women in Southern Literature of the Great Depression
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Series: Southern Literary Studies
this work has been influenced by a great number of people who have supported me and my research. I would like to offer a sincere thank you to my . . .
in Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination, Toni Morrison asserts that “white freedom” is based on a “parasitical nature” (57) which creates the . . .
1. EUGENICS AND POLITICS: Unlikely Unions and the Stereotyping of the Southern Poor White Woman
during the late 1920s and the 1930s, representations of poor white women in literature became dominated by the issue of motherhood. In fact, because . . .
2. QUESTIONING THE EUGENIC AGENDA: Faulkner, Caldwell, and Steinbeck—Three Responses to America’s “Social Responsibility”
during the 1930s, as the nation seemingly banded together, even reconciling opposing political viewpoints, a desire to rebuild America’s economy emerged . . .
3. MAKING THE EUGENIC “MYTH” A REALITY: The Fictionalizing of Depression-Era Documentary Work
along with william faulkner’s, Erskine Caldwell’s, and John Steinbeck’s fictional representations, the Depression also provided a fertile ground for . . .
4. UP FROM EUGENICS: The Gastonia Novels and the Redefining of the Southern Poor White Woman
because the dualistic images of poor white women as either altruistic mothers or sexual degenerates appeared in “scientific” studies, government-supported . . .
despite the attempts by the “Gastonia novelists,” Vorse, Page, Lump kin, and Dargan, to portray poor white southern women outside of the dualistic stereotypes . . .