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William Alexander Percy
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Best remembered for his autobiography, LANTERNS ON THE LEVEE (1941), Mississippi planter and poet William Alexander Percy (1885-1942) maintained an ambivalent approach toward local views regarding masculinity and sexuality. Percy's encounters while traveling abroad informed his thoughts on gender, sexuality, and race; Wise engages the paradox of the life of Percy--a sexual liberationist, cultural relativist, and white supremacist in late Victorian Mississippi.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Introduction: Stories of Belonging
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 1. The Stage of Southern History
  2. pp. 14-29
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  1. 2. Childhood, Remembered Queerly
  2. pp. 30-41
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  1. 3. Sewanee
  2. pp. 42-58
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  1. 4. Southerner in Europe
  2. pp. 59-72
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  1. 5. Harvard
  2. pp. 73-91
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  1. 6. The Senator’s Son
  2. pp. 92-120
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  1. 7. On Love, Poetry, and War
  2. pp. 121-143
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  1. 8. The Soldier
  2. pp. 144-160
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  1. 9. The Naïve and Nostalgic Poet
  2. pp. 161-178
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  1. 10. The Klan
  2. pp. 179-188
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  1. 11. On God, Sin, and the Mediterranean
  2. pp. 189-209
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  1. 12. The Flood and After
  2. pp. 210-225
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  1. 13. Uncle Will
  2. pp. 226-242
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  1. 14. Samoa, Sharecropping, and Race
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. 15. The Autobiographer
  2. pp. 261-276
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  1. Epilogue: On Sex, History, and Trespassing
  2. pp. 277-283
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 285-288
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 289-347
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 349-355
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