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Contents Acknowledgments Introduction: The Problem of Flem Snopes's Hat: Southern History, Racial Paternalism, and Class 1 1. Paternalism, Progress, and "Pet Negroes": Zora Neale Hurston's Seraph on the Suwanee 000 2. Playing Lady and Imitating Aristocrats: Race, Class, and Money in Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding and The Ponder Heart 000 3. Stopping on a Dime: Race, Class, and "the White Economy of Material Waste" in William Faulkner's The Mansion and The Reivers 000 4. Mechanics and Mulattoes: Class, Work, and Race in Ernest Gaines's Of Love and Dust and "Bloodline" 000 5. "Super-Negroes" and Hybrid Aristocrats: Race and Class in Walker Percy's The Last Gentleman and Love in the Ruins 000 Conclusion: From "Pet Negro" to "Magic Negro": Hyperreal Paternalism 000 Notes 000 Works Cited 000 Index 000
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
American fiction -- Southern States -- History and criticism.
Paternalism in literature.
Race relations in literature.
Social classes in literature.
Literature and society -- Southern States.
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Race in literature.
Paternalism -- Southern States.
Southern States -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Poor in literature.