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.
Reisdorff, Hannah K., "Under the Bonnet and Between the Covers: An Examination of How We Read Bonnet Fiction" (2012). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 462.
Literature in English, North America
amish, bonnet fiction, english
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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