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Browse the inspirational fiction section of your local bookstore, and you will likely find cover after cover depicting virtuous young women cloaked in modest dresses and wearing a pensive or playful expression. They hover innocently above sun-drenched pastures or rustic country lanes, often with a horse-drawn buggy in the background—or the occasional brawny stranger. Romance novels with Amish protagonists, such as the best-selling trailblazer The Shunning by Beverly Lewis, are becoming increasingly popular with a largely evangelical female audience. Thrill of the Chaste is the first book to analyze this growing trend in romance fiction and to place it into the context of contemporary literature, religion, and popular culture. Valerie Weaver-Zercher combines research and interviews with devoted readers, publishers, and authors to produce a lively and provocative examination of the Amish romance novel. She discusses strategies that literary agents and booksellers use to drive the genre’s popularity. By asking questions about authenticity, cultural appropriation, and commodification, Thrill of the Chaste also considers Amish fiction’s effects on Amish and non-Amish audiences alike.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xix-1
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  1. Chapter One: Slap a Bonnet on the Cover
  2. pp. 2-25
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  1. Chapter Two: The DNA of Amish Romance Novels
  2. pp. 26-55
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  1. Chapter Three: An Evangelical and an Amishman Walk into a Barn
  2. pp. 56-77
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  1. Chapter Four: Taking the Amish to Market
  2. pp. 78-103
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  1. Chapter Five: Is Amishness Next to Godliness?
  2. pp. 104-127
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  1. Chapter Six: An Amish Country Getaway
  2. pp. 128-153
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  1. Chapter Seven: Virgin Mothers
  2. pp. 154-177
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  1. Chapter Eight: Amish Reading Amish
  2. pp. 178-197
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  1. Chapter Nine: Something Borrowed, Something True
  2. pp. 198-229
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  1. Chapter Ten: Happily Ever After
  2. pp. 230-250
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 251-294
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 295-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-316
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 338-339
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421408927
Related ISBN
9781421408910
MARC Record
OCLC
867738388
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2013-05-20
Language
English
Open Access
No
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