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"A Lock(e)down on American Scandal: The Term's Peculiar Relation to Property"

Thompson, Brianna
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Thompson, Brianna
Advisor
McDowell, Deborah
Abstract
This thesis examines how scandals have shaped the American cultural and political scene from its founding moments to the present. The provocation is offered that public scandals derive value from liberal notions of private property, ownership, and personhood, illustrated by way of a far-reaching examination of what the the thesis terms the “founding scandal” of the Jefferson-Hemings affair and miscegenation, as well as the affair's subsequent reiterations in the news, literature, and on television.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of English, MA (Master of Arts), 2014
Published Date
2014-04-29
Degree
MA (Master of Arts)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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