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Introduction: Carson McCullers and the Grotesque i 1. Freakish Adolescents: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Member of the Wedding 11 2. Queer Grotesques: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Reflections in a Golden Eye 38 3. The Masquerade: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding, and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 68 4. Two Bodies in One: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe 96 Conclusion: Final Thoughts on the Grotesque 19 Critical Survey: McCullers and the Southern Grotesque 122Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967 Criticism and interpretation, Women and literature Southern States History 20th century, Psychological fiction, American History and criticism, Identity (Psychology) in literature, Southern States In literature, Gender identity in literature, Body, Human, in literature, Grotesque in literature