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Author Miner, Madonne M.

Title Insatiable appetites : twentieth-century American women's bestsellers / Madonne M. Miner.

Published Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  813.5099287 MINE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 158 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Contributions in women's studies ; no. 48.
Contributions in women's studies ; no. 48.
Notes Includes index.
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [143]-151.
Summary The women's bestseller has become the acknowledged literary phenomenon of the last half-century. Madonne M. Miner takes the first critical look at this development and offers a serious reading of five of the most famous twentieth-century women's bestsellers--Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber, Peyton Place, Valley of the Dolls, and Scruples. She outlines repeated plot structures, image patterns, and thematic concerns. From these Miner constructs a twentieth-century white middle-class American woman's story, suggests ways in which female readers respond to women's bestsellers, and proposes a matrilineal linkage between the novels.
Subject American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Women in literature.
American fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Women -- Books and reading -- United States.
Popular literature -- United States -- History and criticism.
ISBN 0313239517 (lib. bdg.)