Reconstruction Vol. 11, No. 3, 2011: Gender and Popular Fiction

"Gender and Popular Fiction"

(cover artwork by Whitney Leader-Picone)

Editors’ Introduction: Gender and Popular Fiction, by Cameron Leader-Picone and Matthew Schneider-Mayerson


Everything But the Kitchen Sink: Popular Novels by Women in the Great Depression, by Jan Goggans

Pamela, Twilight, and the "Mary-Sue" in Literature: Patterns of Popular Criticism, by Ashley Barner

On Getting Lost in a Good Book: Bibliomania and the Harry Potter and Twilight Series, by Erin Hollis

Gender and Genre Bending: The Futuristic Detective Fiction of J.D. Robb, by Linda Ledford-Miller

Highbrow, Lowbrow, No-brow: Women’s Reading Practices and the Vitality of New-Format Fiction, by K.C. Harrison


Gary Schulze owner of Once Upon a Crime bookstore


Sisters, Schoolgirls, and Sleuths; The Boy Detectives; Making the Detective Story American; and Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, by Beth Walker

Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later and Reading the Adolescent Romance: Sweet Valley High and the Popular Young Adult Romance Novel, by Melissa Phruksachart

Chick Lit and Postfeminism, by Laura Scroggs

Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, by Amy Cummins


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