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Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

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 . . .

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-12

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 . . .

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1. EUGENICS AND POLITICS: Unlikely Unions and the Stereotyping of the Southern Poor White Woman

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pp. 13-44

during the late 1920s and the 1930s, representations of poor white women in literature became dominated by the issue of motherhood. In fact, because . . .

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2. QUESTIONING THE EUGENIC AGENDA: Faulkner, Caldwell, and Steinbeck—Three Responses to America’s “Social Responsibility”

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pp. 45-97

during the 1930s, as the nation seemingly banded together, even reconciling opposing political viewpoints, a desire to rebuild America’s economy emerged . . .

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3. MAKING THE EUGENIC “MYTH” A REALITY: The Fictionalizing of Depression-Era Documentary Work

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pp. 98-133

along with william faulkner’s, Erskine Caldwell’s, and John Steinbeck’s fictional representations, the Depression also provided a fertile ground for . . .

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4. UP FROM EUGENICS: The Gastonia Novels and the Redefining of the Southern Poor White Woman

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pp. 134-183

because the dualistic images of poor white women as either altruistic mothers or sexual degenerates appeared in “scientific” studies, government-supported . . .

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CONCLUSION

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pp. 184-187

despite the attempts by the “Gastonia novelists,” Vorse, Page, Lump kin, and Dargan, to portray poor white southern women outside of the dualistic stereotypes . . .

Notes

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pp. 189-201

Bibliography

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pp. 203-216

Index

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pp. 217-225