Insatiable Appetites: Twentieth-Century American Women's Bestsellers

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Index
Adolescence, 38; body transformation in, 61-62
Adventure stories, audience of, 12-13 n.18
Advertising: of bestselling novels, 8- 9, 127; change promised by, 105-6. See also Marketing
Aging of women, 82-84
Allen, Hervey, Anthony Adverse, 135
Amusement park, store as, 104-5
Anorexia nervosa, 125 n.16, 140
Anthony Adverse (Allen), 135
Appearance of women, 81, 86; transformation of, 107-9
Appetites: and consumption, 110-11; curiosity, 136-37; female, 139-40; substitutes for food, 117-18
Art gallery, store as, 103-4
Arthur, Timothy Shay, 12 n.6
"Ashputtel," 68
Audiences of novels, 12-13 n.18; hypothesis of, 8-9; by male writers, 12 n.6; of Scruples, 9-10; of Valley of the Dolls, 9, 108; of women's novels, 127,141
Author, ambitions of, 135
Autonomy, 56 n.10
Baym, Nina, Women's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-1870, 3, 6-7
Beauty and the Beast theme, 67-68
Benét, Stephen Vincent, 9
Ben Hur (Wallace), 7
Berger, John, 108
Bersani, Leo, 6, 112
Bestselling novels, 8; audience of, 9- 10; timeliness of, 10-11
Bettelheim, Bruno, The Uses of Enchantment, 58
Birth, and death, 20, 27-28
Birth scenes, 19-21, 27-28, 50, 130
Bisexual triangle, 35, 46-47; daughter's place in, 8; and female development, 38
Bloom, Harold, 5
Body, female: disjunction of parts of, 84, 85-86; imagery of, 50-53
Bookstore shelf arrangement, 7
Breast cancer, 86
Breasts, symbolism of, 23, 63, 86, 94- 95, 134
Brontë, Charlotte, Jane Eyre, 57 n.24
Brown, David, 102

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Table of contents

  • Recent Titles in Contributions in Women's Studies ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction: "Guaranteed to Please the Female Reader" 3
  • Notes 11
  • 1 - Gone with the Wind: And the Cupboard Was Bare"" 14
  • Notes 32
  • 2 - Forever Amber: Swollen Up like a Stuffed Toad"" 35
  • Notes 55
  • 3 - Peyton Place: The Uses--And Abuses--Of Enchantment"" 58
  • Notes 74
  • 4 - Valley of the Dolls: Wow! What an Orgy!"" 78
  • Notes 98
  • 5 - Scruples: It's as Addictive as Chocolate"" 101
  • Notes 123
  • Conclusion 126
  • Notes 141
  • Bibliography 143
  • Index 153
  • About the Author 159
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