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An American Breed: Wealthy White Protagonists

  • Lenore Bell
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the template of upper-class whiteness that many of the novels’ protagonists are based on. Explores mechanisms of innocence, intra-white racial signaling, and gender dynamics. It also draws attention to the uses of historical parallel in order to characterize the September 11 attacks.

Keywords

9/11 critical race theory blood Cold War whiteness innocence literature New York City the Other Don DeLillo Joseph O’Neill Jay McInerney Jonathan Safran Foer John Updike Amy Waldman Alexis de Tocqueville puritans lost cause nostalgia Günter Grass gentrification Maya Lin 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lenore Bell
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  1. 1.St AndrewsFifeUnited Kingdom

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