Abstract

Bonnet fiction, the field of novels about the Amish that mimic that paperback or Harlequin romance, is quickly becoming an industry powerhouse in both Christian and popular literature. But despite its popularity, little to no work has been done to understand how these texts function and how they represent their subjects, Amish women. This project explores the extent to which these novels function as either ethnography or romance novels by closely examining two novels: The Shunning by Beverly Lewis and Running Around (and Such) by Amish woman Linda Byler. I argue that instead of fitting under either umbrella, bonnet fiction occupies a liminal space in the current academic discourse.

Advisor

Hooley, Matt

Department

English

Disciplines

Literature in English, North America

Publication Date

2012

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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