Love's Whipping Boy
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The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
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Elizabeth Barnes., & Elizabeth Barnes|AUTHOR. (2011). Love's Whipping Boy . The University of North Carolina Press.

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Elizabeth Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes|AUTHOR. 2011. Love's Whipping Boy. The University of North Carolina Press.

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Elizabeth Barnes and Elizabeth Barnes|AUTHOR. Love's Whipping Boy The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

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Elizabeth Barnes, and Elizabeth Barnes|AUTHOR. Love's Whipping Boy The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

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Full titleloves whipping boy violence and sentimentality in the american imagination
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