Lancaster, Ashley Craig.

The Angelic Mother and the Predatory Seductress : Poor White Women in Southern Literature of the Great Depression - 1 - Baton Rouge : LSU Press, 2012. - 1 online resource (238 p.) - eBooks on Demand Southern Literary Studies . - Southern Literary Studies .

Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION; 1. EUGENICS AND POLITICS: Unlikely Unions and the Stereotyping of the Southern Poor White Woman; 2. QUESTIONING THE EUGENIC AGENDA: Faulkner, Caldwell, and Steinbeck-Three Responses to America's "Social Responsibility"; 3. MAKING THE EUGENIC "MYTH" A REALITY: The Fictionalizing of Depression-Era Documentary Work; 4. UP FROM EUGENICS: The Gastonia Novels and the Redefining of the Southern Poor White Woman; CONCLUSION; Notes; Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y

In The Angelic Mother and the Predatory Seductress, Ashley Craig Lancaster examines how converging political and cultural movements helped to create dualistic images of southern poor white female characters in Depression-era literature. While other studies address the familial and labor issues that challenged female literary characters during the 1930s, Lancaster focuses on how the evolving eugenics movement reinforced the dichotomy of altruistic maternal figures and destructive sexual deviants.

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American literature -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
American literature - Southern States - History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century.
Literature and society - Southern States - History - 20th century.
Rural poor in literature.
Southern States - In literature.
Southern States -- In literature.
Women, White, in literature.


Electronic books.

PS228.W65 L36 2012

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