A new study examines gender bias, focusing on the top two best-selling genres in modern fiction, romance and mystery. It is a linguistic and structurally formalist analysis of the male and female “sentences.” The analysis is based on calculations of real differences between novels in these genres, and on a survey of perception of gendered differences in written texts. Feminists and masculists should find this book as an informative new step towards understanding gender bias.
Atlanta, GA, April 30, 2015 –(PR.com)– “Gender Bias in Mystery and Romance Novel Publishing: Mimicking Masculinity and Femininity”: ($20, 298pp, 7X10″, 67 illustrations and diagrams, bibliography, index, ISBN: 978-1-511888-90-5, EBook ISBN: 978-1-68114-093-3, LCCN: 2015939747, April 29, 2015, Purchase on Amazon, CreateSpace, or Barnes and Noble; or for $2.99 on Kindle or EBSCO): examines gender bias from the perspective of readers, writers and publishers, with a focus on the top two best-selling genres in modern fiction. It is a linguistic, literary stylistic, and structurally formalist analysis of the male and female “sentences” in the genres that have the greatest gender divide: romances and mysteries. The analysis will search for the historical roots that solidified what many think of today as a “natural” division. Virginia Woolf called it the fabricated “feminine sentence,” and other linguists have also identified clear sex-preferential differences in Anglo-American, Swedish and French novels. Do female mystery writers adopt a masculine voice when they write mysteries? Are female-penned mysteries structurally or linguistically different from their male competitors’, and vice versa among male romance writers? The first part can be used as a textbook for gender stylistics, as it provides an in-depth review of prior research. The second part is an analysis of the results of a survey on readers’ perception of gender in passages from literature. The last part is a linguistic and structural analysis of actual statistical differences between the novels in the two genres, considering the impact of the author’s gender.
Anna Faktorovich is the Director and Founder of the Anaphora Literary Press. Previously, she taught college English for three years at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and the Middle Georgia State College. She has a Ph.D. in English Literature and Criticism. She published two academic books with McFarland: Rebellion as Genre in the Novels of Scott, Dickens and Stevenson (2013) and The Formulas of Popular Fiction: Elements of Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Religious and Mystery Novels. She also published widely in several other genres, including two poetry collections, Improvisational Arguments (Fomite Press, 2011) and Battle for Athens (Anaphora, 2012), a historical novel, The Romances of George Sand (2014), two fantasy novellas with Grim’s Labyrinth Publishing, The Great Love of Queen Margaret, the Vampire (2014) and The Campaigns against the Olden: Kingdoms of Laruta (2014), and a self-illustrated children’s book, The Sloths and I (Anaphora, 2013). She has been editing and writing for the independent, tri-annual Pennsylvania Literary Journal since 2009. She won the MLA Bibliography, Kentucky Historical Society and Brown University Military Collection fellowships.
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