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Peculiar Places: A Queer Crip History of White Rural Nonconformity (Hardcover)

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Peculiar Places narrates queer and disability histories of white social nonconformity in twentieth-century rural United States. Ryan Lee Cartwright contends that, during the last hundred years, rural American gossip about queer and peculiar white neighbors crystallized into a national optic of white social degeneracy. Cartwright points to a tension between the idyll (rooted in the national myth of the Jeffersonian yeoman farmer and his idealized family) and the anti-idyll (the aberrant sexuality, gender transgression, and anomalous bodies and minds that are associated with rural white populations). Cartwright examines the anti-idyll in different genres from the 1910s through the 1990s: popular science in the 1910s and early ’20s, documentary photography in the ’30s, news media in the ’50s, poverty tours in the ’60s, horror films in the ’70s and early ’80s, and documentary films in the 1990s.

About the Author

Ryan Lee Cartwright is assistant professor of American studies at the University of California, Davis.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226696911
ISBN-10: 022669691X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 272