March 26 2012
− when you purchase a book you do not only purchase it due to the content
− other things influence
− not just a backlash against feminism, publishers realize that there is a market of women who buy
− what compels so many women to read these novels so obsessively?
− What does a romance novel offer that other genres do not?
− What unique relationships do these women readers create with the characters in the novels?
High Culture – highbrow Low Culture -- lowbrow
Difficult intellectual “needs” interpretati Accessibility
ideas artistic entertainment
knowledge raw emotions, sexuality
− it is important to pay attention to what the text actually is, there is the assumption that because
something is “popular” it is seen as lowbrow
− Harry Potter
− Hunger Games