Becoming a Woman Through Romance

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Routledge, 1990 - Love stories - 208 pages
Using approaches from feminism and cultural studies, this work explores the contradictory role that popular culture plays in the construction of gender, class, race, age, and sexual meanings. Christian-Smith dissects the conservative political themes underlying thirty-four teen romance novels, demonstrating how their flowery versions of romance and femininity actually inscribe white middle class gender ideology and class tensions.

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The Code of Romance
The Code of Sexuality
The Code of Beautification

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Linda K. Christian-Smith is Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

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